College students spread abstinence message during True Love Week

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — True love. It’s what every person entering into the sacrament of marriage yearns to realize. In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, two groups of Wisconsin college students spread the message that true love is possible and can be found by practicing “right dating relationships.” Students from the Newman…

CRS Rice Bowl recipes #2 and #3: Laos and Rwanda — with video

Doing more with less at Lent For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end…

Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis marked the beginning of the church’s Lenten journey by sending off several hundred religious and diocesan priests on their own special path as “missionaries of mercy” in local parishes. “Look upon your servants, Lord, that we are sending as messengers of mercy, salvation and peace. Guide their steps” and…

Open God’s heart with prayer, pope tells Padre Pio Prayer Groups

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying is not like taking an aspirin, something one does just to feel a little better, Pope Francis told thousands of members of Padre Pio Prayer Groups from around the world. Prayer is not a business negotiation with God, either, the pope told more than 60,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s…

Death penalty limbo: Supreme Court, states give laws another look

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button — which doesn’t mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. This year, several states are looking at…

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in Cuba, Vatican announces

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill celebrates Orthodox Christmas liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow in 2011. (CNS photo/Denis Sinyakov, Reuters) (Jan. 7, 2011) VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Feb. 12 in Cuba…

Carolina Panthers linebacker says faith impacts his outlook on life

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, the team going up against the Denver Broncos in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, credits his parents and his Catholic faith for making a positive impact on his NFL career and his outlook on life. “I went to a Catholic grade school, Jesuit…

U.S. scholar: Bible texts taken out of context lead to fundamentalism

By Michael Swan Catholic News Service Most people have never heard a homily preached on Deuteronomy 20:10-18. It’s kind of difficult to apply these God-given rules of war to daily life in the 21st century. The part about enslaving the women and killing all the men and boys if the village resists attack has little…