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Catholics celebrate nation’s newest cathedral, growth of Church in the South

The Diocese of Knoxville dedicated the country’s newest cathedral March 3 during a special Mass in which prelates and parishioners celebrated the growth of the Catholic Church in this … more

Music ‘powerful’ way for people to encounter God, says Paulist priest

As a 44-person choir rehearsed “O God, How Manifest Are Your Works” before a celebration concert, Paulist Father Ricky Manalo bounced on his feet as he stood next to the … more

Cardinal Wuerl invites all parishes to help strengthen marriage, family life

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl has called on all parishes and individual Catholics in the Washington archdiocese to help expand and strengthen the Catholic Church’s marriage and family outreach, … more

Jews saved by ‘righteous’ Dutch Catholic family included author’s wife

Pardon Marty Brounstein if he’s got a personal stake in his latest book. His wife is a featured character. Brounstein this year wrote a second edition of Two Among the Righteous Few: … more

Hispanic Catholics seen as the emerging ‘voice, conscience’ of Church

Hispanic Catholics are being called “to be the ecclesial voice and conscience of the Church in the U.S.,” said Hosffman Ospino, a leading expert on the intersection of Catholicism and … more

Cardinal Tobin: African priests, religious in U.S. make big contribution

The presence in the United States of about 3,000 priests and religious from countries in Africa is a great contribution to the U.S., said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey. That … more

Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly display information about … more

Georgetown gathering seeks to overcome polarization within Church

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles will be among dozens of U.S. Church leaders convening in June to address the troublesome polarization that marks Church … more

After 100 years, Marian shrine in Alberta still draws thousands

It’s easy to drive by the stone grotto at the Skaro shrine for those who don’t know its history. Tucked in a corner between two rural Canadian highways, due north of Lamont and 50 … more

Priests’ group recommends revisions in U.S. priestly formation

An organization of 1,200 priests has called for revisions in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the Catholic Church in the United States can better address challenges that include … more

In historic trip to advocate for migrants, Salvadoran bishops provide hope

Invoking a Salvadoran who’s about to become the country’s first Catholic saint, the man who now occupies his old post asked immigrants and their children during an April 11 Mass in … more

Diocese’s Hispanic and Cross-Cultural Ministries director visits Missouri’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

Enrique Castro, director of Hispanic and Cross-Cultural Ministries for the Jefferson City diocese, took part in Advocacy Day Nov. 8, during the National Catholic Association for Diocesan Directors … more

Bishop asks for prayers for peace, justice on Charlottesville anniversary

As the first anniversary of violence stemming from protests and counter-protests regarding the removal of Confederate monuments from Charlottesville approached, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of … more

Knights urged to join in novena for legal protection of human life

Motivated by the upcoming change on the Supreme Court, the Knights of Columbus is urging its members and all Catholics to join in a novena to pray for the protection of human life in the … more

New Pew survey looks at why Americans go or don’t go to Church services

A Pew Research Center survey found that the main reason Americans attend worship services is to feel closer to God, but those who do not regularly attend worship services have a wider variety of … more

Historian says faith was lived in Dachau section set aside for clergy

Dachau, the notorious German concentration camp most associated with the genocide of thousands of Jews during World War II, also held more than 2,700 clergy — 2,400 of them Catholic … more

Bishop, other cyclists revel in spiritual component of annual Iowa ride

Davenport Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula made a confession during the final “RAGBRAI Mass” at St. Mary Church in Iowa City: “I have a love-hate relationship with … more

Genocide survivor who learned to forgive inspires Catholic student

The game stopped for a moment, but the smiles continued as everyone paused for a group photo on a sun-splashed summer morning. Standing side by side, from different backgrounds and different … more

High court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. Justice … more

Baltimore history, culture have a place at Knights of Columbus convention

The chalice on the center of the altar was given by the Pope to the third archbishop of Baltimore nearly two centuries ago. The local welcome crew wore vests that included the outline of a … more
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