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Thank God it’s Monday? likes me. That seems to be true even though I have used it only on those rare occasions when I needed an inex­pensive flight to a meeting. At least once a day I face the fact that I have missed so, so many chances for dream vacations in faraway places where the sun always […]

Paulist Father Gerry Aylward dies at 94

NEW YORK—Paulist Father Gerard “Gerry” James Aylward, who served at Upstate parishes in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., for 18 years, died Oct. 7. He was 94. Funeral arrangements were pending as of press time. Father Gerry had been a member of the Paulist community for 69 years and a priest for 63 years. Over […]

St. Teresa Benedicta: A life of the mind

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of remark­able women whose works have contributed to or had influence on Church doctrine and theology.   In a time when people are lost and in search of something to believe in, the life and words of a German-born Carmelite nun who became a martyr during […]

Pope canonizes saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’

VATICAN CITY—The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of “the Lord who triumphs in them and with them,” Pope Francis said. Each one “struggled to the very end with all their strength,” which they received through perseverance and prayer, the pope said Oct. 16 at […]

Forming chains for life

Life Chain began its peaceful and public witness against abortion on Oct. 2 when participants across the state and nation united in silent protest, holding signs and praying for the nation to end abortion. It is the 29th anniversary of the national event. Above, a Life Chains participant holds a sign in front of Corpus […]

Sister Christine Alice Cunningham dies at 99

The Catholic Miscellany HASTINGS, N.Y.—Sister Christine Alice Cunningham died Oct. 7 at Andrus adult care facility in Hastings. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Ann’s Church in Nyack on Oct. 11, followed by burial at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont. Sister Christine was born July 26, 1917, in New York City to Alice […]

Celebrate World Mission Sunday on Oct. 16

Some give pennies to share the message of Christ In some nations, Catholic priests are in need of the most basic of supplies to continue their work of spreading God’s word. Money just for food and housing is in short supply, and some must have boats to reach the remote areas around them. The needs […]

Pope sends emergency funding to hurricane victims in Haiti

VATICAN CITY—As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti. An initial donation of $100,000 was sent through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum to be distributed through the hardest-hit dioceses in order to assist flood victims, the council said in a communique Oct. 14. The first round of […]

A new beginning: RENEW program offers former inmates help starting over

A man named David showed up at the Catholic Charities offices in downtown Columbia a few months ago in a desperate situation. He had just been released from prison after serving 30 years, and had no money, identification or job prospects. He was illiterate and living on the streets. David had lost touch with his […]

Respect life: Natural conception to natural death is dignity for all

October marks the annual observance of Respect Life Month. Catholics are taught that all human life is sacred because life is given by God from the miraculous moment of conception to the natural ending of death and it is the Lord alone who has sovereignty over life. The Church also teaches that humans are thus required […]

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