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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

With new document, Pope shows holiness is for everyone, speakers say

Pope Francis’ new document, “Gaudete et Exsultate,” shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from today’s world, said … 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

Cape Town’s poor see injustice in water limits as Day Zero approaches

With severe restrictions on water usage in drought-stricken Cape Town, poor communities feel a strong sense of injustice, which needs to be addressed, said a parish priest in one of the … more

St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the ‘saint next door’

Naturally in a document on the Christian call to holiness, Pope Francis cited a heavenly host of saints — including some whose sainthood causes are ongoing and some who probably will never … more

The devil is a real threat to Christian life, not a myth, Pope says

The path to holiness does not involve wrestling with some abstract boogeyman, but involves a “constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil,” Pope Francis said. In his … more

Help those in need, never waste food, Pope says

Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food. “Never throw away leftovers,” he said July 29 before reciting the Angelus prayer with … more

Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood

Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero. At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for … 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

Selection of quotes from Pope’s exhortation on holiness

Here is a selection of quotations from “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness: •“I like to … 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

Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after deadly attack in Syria

Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria. “There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing … more

Don’t be afraid of shame, open hearts to God’s mercy, Pope says

  Feeling ashamed of one’s sins does not mean wallowing in guilt, rather it is the gateway all men and women can use to experience firsthand God’s tender mercy and forgiveness, … more

Borders pose challenge for Catholic Church in Amazon basin

On a Sunday night in early July, four men –  two of them indigenous – were brutally murdered in Assis, a tiny Brazilian town on the border with Peru. Far from the two … more

Pope revises Catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty … more

‘Paul’ film producer: ‘Real important to tell the story of God’s mercy’

Every story has a message within.   So does every movie — and every biblically-based movie as well. With the new movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” Eric Groth, one … more

Lebanese cardinal warns against ‘new drums of war’ in Syria

Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai appealed to world leaders to stop the war in Syria and to work for comprehensive peace through diplomatic means. “As the great powers are beating the drums of a … more

Blessed Romero’s canonization probably in Rome in October

During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will “probably” be in Rome and “probably” … more
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