The Vatican made an appeal Thursday for the release of more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria; Nigeria's president calls the kidnapping a "turning point" for the country.  

The Archdiocese of Boston expresses "deep sadness and strong opposition" to a planned "black mass" on the campus of Harvard University next week. 

In his daily Mass homily this morning, Pope Francis says the people of the Church often are a "factory" creating "obstacles" that prevent people from receiving grace. 

Meeting with the patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Pope Francis said "the blood of the martyrs became the seed of new Christians."

With all the talk on Hispanic Catholics this week, Mark Gray of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate says "the sky is not falling."

In Oregon, this family is related to a saint — and they honor the holy man every May with a special Mass. 

This program helps U.S. soldiers find hope and healing — all while on pilgrimage. 

A bishop in the Central African Republic says he and three priests narrowly escaped execution after an abduction.

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV.