Bishop Paul Hinder said he has "strong indications" that Salesian Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil "is still alive in the hands of his kidnappers."
As the death toll from the Brussels terror attacks rose, Pope Francis began solemn observances by denouncing those who fuel terrorism the way some once backed Judas against Jesus.
Francis has appointed a new leader for an archdiocese where mismanagement of clergy sexual abuse cases led to the former's archbishop's resignation last June.
Pope Francis began the celebration of the days leading to Easter by telling priests they have sometimes become blind to God’s will “because of an excess of complicated theology.”
Pope Francis is expected to meet a young girl from Ohio who dreams of seeing the pontiff in person before she loses her eyesight, according to UNITALSI.
Pope Francis offered his prayers to the victims, the injured, their families and all those offering assistance.
The pope said Jesus experienced indifference as the crowds who had hailed his entry into Jerusalem, Herod, Pilate and even his own disciples washed their hands of him.
Underscoring the importance of caring for creation, the Vatican will replant the thousands of floral arrangements used in the Easter morning Mass.
The pope of the digital age is set to attract even more followers with the posting of his first Instagram photo. Pope Francis will take over Instagram this weekend.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be made a saint on Sept. 4, almost exactly 19 years after her death. Pope Francis made the announcement Tuesday.