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Study of the universe ‘an act of worship,’ Vatican astronomer says

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, told a crowd at a Troy Catholic Church that “the study of the Universe is an act of worship.” He cited Psalm … more

Deacon’s family grieved after King assassination, witnessed aftermath

It has been 50 years since civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, but Deacon Timothy E. Tilghman, his sister and his cousin still remember the enormous sense of … more

Cardinal Dolan hopes Supreme Court will uphold free speech

The chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities said March 20 that he prayed the Supreme Court would “do the right thing and uphold our fundamental … more

Bishops urge federal protections for supporters of traditional marriage

The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees March 14 called the First Amendment Defense Act “a modest and important measure” because it protects those who believe marriage is … more

Pregame prayer, solid teamwork clinched win for Loyola, says nun-chaplain

A religious sister who is the longtime chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball team credited the pregame prayer and the players’ solid teamwork for the … more

Shortage of low-income affordable housing reaches crisis stage

Four New Orleans families are a little better off today since a grass-roots housing program helped them secure an affordable place to live. The Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability … more

‘Hidden jewel’ St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana now a national landmark

When Katie Spanuello Rahman recalls the campus of her alma mater St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, she paints an idyllic picture. “It was like living in a fairy-tale setting, with a marble … more

Bishops urge passage of federal First Amendment Defense Act

Two committee chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. … more

U.S. Catholics surveyed on perception of Christian persecution worldwide

Four in 10 U.S. Catholics say that half or more of religiously based attacks around the world are directed at Christians and believe Christian persecution is “extremely severe” in North … more

U.S. Catholics’ political leanings affect their approval ratings of Pope

In the advent of Pope Francis’ fifth anniversary in the papacy, a new Pew Research poll of U.S. Catholics shows their regard of the Pope is, for the first time, colored by their political … more

Cardinal Wuerl: ‘Enduring presence of Christ in Eucharist’ at heart of the faith

Spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is an opportunity “to reflect on something at the very heart of our faith — the enduring presence of Christ in the … 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 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

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

Texas archbishop honored for commitment to serve poor, vulnerable

One of the hallmarks of the ministry of retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston is “his concern that nobody is left behind — whether that’s the unborn or the … more

Cardinal lays out broad plan for parishes to implement ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl has issued a broad and detailed pastoral plan for parishes to implement Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” … more

Broader representation of women in Church is a process, cardinal says

The fuller participation of women in decision-making in the Catholic Church is a continuing process that still needs time, Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell said. Speaking during a question-and-answer … more

Pastoral draws attention back to ‘God’s design for the human family'

The Catholic bishops of Alaska have released a pastoral letter affirming that all Catholic moral teachings stem from the foundational belief in the dignity and sanctity of every human life. From … more

Franciscan Brothers of Peace, others walk alongside victims of torture

Throughout any given week, the Franciscan Brothers of Peace hear the rhythmic plucking of the “krar” — a lyrelike instrument from east Africa — in their St. Paul … more

Franciscan Brothers of Peace, others walk alongside victims of torture

Throughout any given week, the Franciscan Brothers of Peace hear the rhythmic plucking of the “krar” — a lyrelike instrument from east Africa — in their St. Paul … more
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