Church’s credibility found in showing mercy, pope says in new book

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being ministers of God’s mercy, church members overcome “prejudice and rigidity,” taking risks like Jesus did in order to heal and to save, Pope Francis said. In Jesus’ day, lepers were cast out of the community “to avoid contamination: the healthy needed to be protected,” but Jesus, at his own risk, […]

Mobile apps help some Catholics in freezing northeastern China

HONG KONG (CNS) — Catholic communities in China’s northeastern provinces are using social media to evangelize in the freezing and smoggy winter while still offering pastoral care directly to the elderly Catholics to fill the digital gap, reported In Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces, the average temperature drops below freezing for four to six […]