• Lebanese were reeling after a massive explosion at Beirut's port destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods across the capital, and Catholic leaders immediately took action and called...

    Smoldering debris is seen in Beirut Aug. 5, 2020, following explosions the previous day.

    Smoldering debris is seen in Beirut Aug. 5, 2020, following explosions the previous day. Two massive explosions near the port of the Lebanese capital injured dozens of people and shattered windows in buildings blocks away. (CNS photo by Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

  • Catholic churches, schools and other properties were spared serious damage by a mid-season tropical storm that raced up the East Coast, killing at least six people and leaving more than...

    A New York City worker climbs on a tree to look at the damage it has caused to a house and car during the clean-up after Tropical Storm Isaias in Queens, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2020.

    A New York City worker climbs on a tree to look at the damage it has caused to a house and car during the clean-up after Tropical Storm Isaias in Queens, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2020. (CNS photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

  • VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An author with a long and close relationship to retired Pope Benedict XVI told a German newspaper that the 93-year-old retired pope is "extremely frail."

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI smiles at Germany's Munich Airport before his departure to Rome June 22, 2020.

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI smiles at Germany's Munich Airport before his departure to Rome June 22, 2020. Pope Benedict, who is 93, traveled to Germany to see his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who is 96. (CNS photo by Sven Hoppe/pool via Reuters)