Pope Francis sent special greetings to Lithuanian Catholics on Sunday as he recalled the Beatification, in Vilnius, of the nation’s first Soviet-era martyr.

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Detroit — Members of the Chaldean-Christian community gathered in front of the Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building on June 16 to protest more than 100 Iraqi-American immigrants being rounded up and detained by federal immigration authorities.

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Meeting the king and queen of the Netherlands, Pope Francis returned a long-lost royal stick of William I, Prince of Orange, which until recently had remained lost in the Jesuit Catalan archives. According to a press release, the gesture is "a testimony of reconciliation, and of the current union between the two countries and religions."

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David Tencer of Reykjavik last week consecrated a new wooden church building, a gift from the Slovak Catholic Church. The church is a tribute to Bishop Tencer, who is a Capuchin Franciscan and a native of Slovakia.

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Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope's Jesuit formation.

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OTTAWA – Canada’s bishops are being tight-lipped regarding a possible papal visit in the wake of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request that Pope Francis apologize in Canada for the Church’s role in the residential school scandal.

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