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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

Argentina Senate votes down abortion decriminalization bill

The Argentine Senate voted against a bill that would have decriminalized abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Senators voted 38-31 against the measure early Aug. 9 following a … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Katharine Drexel’s tomb will be moved to Philadelphia cathedral

The remains of St. Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, will be transferred from the crypt under the chapel of St. Elizabeth Convent, the congregation’s … more

Texas bishops join event to support migrants, highlight Church teaching

During a time when immigrants around the country have come under attack, the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, and representatives from other dioceses in Texas and nearby New Mexico are joining a … more

‘Walking priest’ pursues street evangelization hoping listeners seek God

  With apologies to Fats Domino, Father Lawrence Carney is “walkin’ and talkin’ about you and me,” and hoping that listeners will come back to — not … more

Here are summaries of some of Judge Kavanaugh’s most notable opinions

Here are summaries of some of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s most notable opinions while on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: •In Priests for Life v. HHS, … more

Kavanaugh’s faith ‘really shines through in who he is,’ says priest

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a pretty good guy, according to Monsignor John Enzler, his former pastor and the current president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. He … more

Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children

Some of migrant children under age 5 separated from their families by the government were reunited with loved ones July 9 with help from Catholic organizations. About two dozen families in all … more

All eyes now fixed on Kavanaugh and Roe

Brett Kavanaugh, the federal judge who is the newly announced Supreme Court nominee, has stepped into a firestorm. Some have praised his nomination, others have slammed it, hinging primarily … more

Encuentro process aims to identify, train 20,000 Hispanics to be leaders

The National Fifth Encuentro of Hispanic Latino Ministry has inspired Alicia Carrillo to “smell like sheep,” echoing Pope Francis urging pastoral workers to get out and be among the … more
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