• Pope Francis has said that piety renders us "truly capable of rejoicing with those who rejoice, of weeping with those who weep, of being close to those who are lonely or in anguish, of...

    Rosemary Arauz, Guatemala's consul general in New York, prays during a special Mass in honor of the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Guatemala, at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

    Rosemary Arauz, Guatemala's consul general in New York, prays during a special Mass in honor of the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Guatemala, at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (CNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz)

  • Pope Francis once said that piety expresses a relationship with God and "touches the very heart of our Christian life and identity"; it is not a gift to keep locked away inside ourselves...

    Young people lift their arms in prayer during a convocation in Orlando, Fla.

    Young people lift their arms in prayer during a convocation in Orlando, Fla. Pope Francis once said that piety expresses a relationship with God and "touches the very heart of our Christian life and identity"; it is not a gift to keep locked away inside ourselves. (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

  • There are many great Catholic witnesses who lived out the gift of fortitude, like Father Stanley Rother and Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt. 

    Father Stanley Rother, left, a young priest from Oklahoma, served impoverished indigenous people in Guatemala.

    Father Stanley Rother, left, a young priest from Oklahoma, served impoverished indigenous people in Guatemala. When civil war erupted, he was threatened, and by 1981 his name was on a death squad's list. (Photo by CNS)