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Can relics unite Catholics and Orthodox? Pope Francis thinks so.

Common veneration of relics is one of the tools Pope Francis is using to foster ecumenical relations with the Eastern Orthodox Churches. In May, relics of St. Philip and St. Nicholas were transported to Turkey and Russia, respectively. They have been exposed for the veneration of the Orthodox faithful from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople










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Pope Francis sends aid to a troubled South Sudan

After the Vatican stated last month the postponement of Pope Francis’ proposed trip to South Sudan, they announced Wednesday that the Pope will instead send aid to the people suffering from worsening conditions. The Vatican announced June 21 that Pope Francis will be aiding projects in the areas of education, healthcare, and agriculture, called the










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El Salvador’s first cardinal a friend of Blessed Oscar Romero

Pope Francis’ decision to elevate Bishop José Gregorio Rosa Chávez is unprecedented: not only is he the first Salvadoran cardinal, he is also the first auxiliary bishop to be given a red biretta. The cardinal-elect, who will receive the honor at a June 28 consistory, is also well-known for his close collaboration with Blessed Oscar










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Religious freedom advocates to receive papal honor

In recognition of their promotion of religious freedom, the founder of Alliance Defending Freedom and his wife will be inducted next week into the Order of St. Gregory the Great. Alan and Paula Sears will receive the honor, granted to individuals for extraordinary service to the Church, at a June 29 service led by Bishop










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Southern DRC violence has left more than 3,000 dead

More than 3,300 people have been killed since October alone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, said a report on recent violence by Catholic officials this week. The death toll includes civilians caught in the crossfire of a brutal fight between the Congolese army and an opposing militia group. A report was










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Our Lady appears to thousands in Knock, Ireland

A miracle has been reported in Ireland, and it has been witnessed and filmed by thousands of people. According to a 14-year-old boy who visited Fatima, the Virgin Mary told him she would appear at 3 PM in Knock, Ireland. Something miraculous has happened. The footage is emotional and difficult to believe, but it is










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