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Pope: With a mother’s heart, Mary raises up the abandoned

VATICAN CITY—Just as she did hundreds of years ago from a small hill in Tepeyac, Mexico, Mary accompanies the downtrodden and the lowly like a mother caring for her children. Mary “is a woman who walks with the gentleness and tenderness of a mother, she makes her home in family life, she unties one knot […]

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

WASHINGTON—As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the […]

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Pope celebrates the feast of the Baptism of the Lord

During Mass to honor the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis baptized 34 children. He urged parents to speak the language of love and transmit the faith to their children with the “dialect” of the family.

Pope: Don’t confess other’s faults, own up to sins

VATICAN CITY—Fear and the shame of admitting one’s own sins leads to pointing fingers and accusing others rather than recognizing one’s own faults, Pope Francis said. “It’s difficult to admit being guilty, but it does so much good to confess with sincerity. But you must confess your own sins,” the pope said Jan. 3 at […]

For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis began the New Year praying the world would demonstrate a marked increase in solidarity and welcome for migrants and refugees. “Let’s not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let’s not suffocate their hopes for peace,” the pope said Jan. 1 before reciting the Angelus with a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square. […]

D.C. couple displays faith in collection of 500 Nativity scenes

WASHINGTON—For Roger and Marguerite Sullivan of Washington, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Thanks to their travels throughout the world over the past 40 years — he for the World Bank, she for the State Department — the Catholic couple has collected at least 500 Nativity scenes. Every December, they spend a few […]

Go to Mass on Sunday and on Christmas, bishops say

 DENVER, Colo.—In a newsletter issued earlier this year, the U.S. Catholic bishops addressed questions regarding whether Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligations can be fulfilled with a “two-for-one” Mass attendance at Christmas this year. In a “relatively rare” situation which last occurred in 2006, Christmas Day this year falls on a Monday. Because Catholics are […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe pays homage to miraculous appearance in Mexico

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was honored in parishes across the state, with everything from liturgies and processions to torchlight runs and traditional meals. The feast of Guadalupe falls on Dec. 12 and commemorates the appearance of Mary to Juan Diego, a young Aztec weaver, in 1531. The apparition took place on Tepayac […]

Adorno Fathers welcome two men on path to priesthood

SUMTER—Two new transitional deacons are one step closer to priesthood with the Adorno Fathers, who currently serve in three areas of the Diocese of Charleston. Deacon Rufino Madridejos and Deacon Kevin Daborbor were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone during a joyful liturgy held on Dec. 12, the feast of Our […]

A look at St. Peter Canisius through the eyes of Pope Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY—To spread the Gospel, a believer needs a personal relationship with Jesus, an upright moral life, and a good prayer life, Pope Benedict XVI said during an address in 2011. Speaking to some 5,000 people gathered in Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience, the pope continued his series on the “doctors of […]

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