Catholics embrace the Church’s newest saints

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Volunteers wearing neon yellow vests interlocked their arms and led the crowds, several hundred at a time, slowly toward St. Peter’s Square. The “one-block-at-a-time” strategy was to help avoid a chaotic rush and crush of tens of thousands of people when the square opened at 5:30 a.m. An estimated 800,000 people …

Inaugural Mass celebrates Pope Francis’ ministry

Editor Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis — known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines …