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2017

#Ashtags: When posting Ash Wednesday photos, use your head

WASHINGTON—Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages. The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the very act of getting ashes — and walking around with them — is pretty public. This becomes even less of a private moment when people post pictures of themselves online with their […]



Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade ruling who later became pro-life, dies

KATY, Texas—Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy. She was 69. The New York Times said a New York journalist named Joshua Prager, who interviewed her many times for a book he is […]


Ash Wednesday’s ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

WASHINGTON—In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark. That’s because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite itself draws Catholics to churches in droves even though it is not a holy […]


Pope: Reject populist rhetoric and welcome migrants

VATICAN CITY—Indifference, fueled by populist rhetoric in today’s world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said. Refugees escaping persecution, violence and poverty are often shunned and deemed as “unworthy of our attention, a rival or someone to be bent to our will,” the pope told participants […]


Receiving Communion in sin?

Q: I’ve been told by some priests that a person should not receive holy Communion if they have a mortal sin on their soul, but other priests say differently. Which is it? (Charleston, SC) A: The reception of holy Communion is one of the most sacred acts of the Catholic Christian. It is our sharing […]


Life and leadership

It’s a good thing we have a Savior who is the eternal God and not a politician. Just in case we haven’t noticed, it is clear that no party platform is 100 percent pro-life, and we can’t guarantee that any individual holding office is either. We rejoice that recent statistics show that the number of […]


USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

WASHINGTON—Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would “do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.” […]


Refugee family now in Chicago shares experiences of fleeing religious persecution

CHICAGO—The Sharifs were living contentedly in Pakistan when life turned into a nightmare in 2012. An al Qaida-related group called BLA targeted Amir Sharif, a Catholic and a well-known professor at a university in Quetta. He was told to embrace Islam or leave the country. Amir, 45, and his wife, Saira, 30, a high school […]


Pastor suggests giving of your time as part of Lent

SIOUX CITY, Iowa—Holy Cross-Blessed Sacrament sixth-graders started Lent on Valentine’s Day — sort of. Father Daniel Rupp, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City, took time Feb. 14 to talk to the students about the importance of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. This year it is March 1. “How many […]


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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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