'Spiritual Marines' to bless bodies after typhoon

MANILA, PhilippinesBy N.J. Viehland After days of watching televised scenes of dead bodies scattered around Tacloban, Order of Augustinian Recollect members organized a group of priests and a brother to bless bodies of people who died while fleeing the flood brought on by Typhoon Haiyan.

Celluloid heaven: how popes took church, Gospel to the big screen

VATICAN CITY By Carol Glatz When Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter in 2012 and Pope Francis appeared on Instagram the following year, media watchers may have thought they were witnessing a Vatican revolution. In both cases, however, the pontiffs were merely following in a long tradition.

Pope calls on church to renounce 'spirit of the world'

ASSISI, ItalyBy Francis X. Rocca Making his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his papal namesake, Pope Francis called on the whole church to imitate St. Francis of Assisi, embracing poverty and stripping itself of the "spirit of world."

Pope, cardinals looking at major Curia overhaul

VATICAN CITY By Cindy Wooden Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals are laying out plans to completely overhaul the Roman Curia, underlining its role of "service to the universal church and the local churches," the Vatican spokesman said.

Nun wins U.N. prize

WASHINGTONBy Mark Pattison "It is not my work only. It is the Lord's." Such was the summation of Sister Angelique Namaika, a member of the Augustine Sisters of Dungu and Doruma, as she spoke to reporters in an international conference call upon winning the Nansen Refugee Award bestowed annually by…

Papal interview: What did he say?

VATICAN CITYBy Francis X. Rocca In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with one of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about the perils of overemphasizing Catholic teaching on sexual and medical ethics; the reasons for his deliberate and consultative governing style; and his highest priority for the…

Just war? Answers remain murky

WASHINGTONBy Patricia Zapor Even with just war theory as a guide, the answers remain murky to moral and ethical questions about whether a military strike is the appropriate response to what U.S. officials believe was a chemical attack against Syrian civilians, analysts said.