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Huge Catholic-run food pantry creates Thanksgiving blessing for the poor

INDIANAPOLIS—Jesus himself might have set the all-time food record when he miraculously served 5,000 men with a few loaves and fish. In this day and age, however, the Indianapolis Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul might hold that title. The Catholic organization leaders host what they believe to be the largest food […]


Be thankful and find comfort in God’s abiding grace

There seems to be so much chaos surrounding our lives during these tumultuous times. The world situation is far from peaceful and productive: Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East; there is continued poverty in many African nations; we see unrest in Europe and certainly so much tension and anxiety in our own country […]


Sister Elizabeth Condon, former principal of St. Mary Help of Christians, dies

ADRIAN, Mich.—Adrian Dominican Sister Elizabeth Condon, formerly known as Sister Martha Marie Condon, died on Nov. 18, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center. She was 93. The Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Catherine Chapel on Nov. 21 with burial in the congregation cemetery. Sister Elizabeth was born in Charleston, S.C., to Matthew […]


‘When we meet the Lord we will bring only what we have given’

Reflecting on the Gospel reading of the day at the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that when we meet the Lord we will be called to account for our lives. Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel passage in which the Lord talks to […]


Reading of edict at Mass opens canonization cause for Sister Thea Bowman

JACKSON, Miss.—Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of Jackson read the edict to open the sainthood cause for Sister Thea Bowman at Mass Nov. 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in downtown Jackson. The church was packed with people who loved Sister Bowman and can’t wait to see her become a saint. Days before […]


Mary continues to call the faithful to her son, the truth and the light

GREENVILLE – The Church needs to follow the example of Mary, the first missionary disciple, to move beyond the difficult times it currently faces. “If we are going to move out of the difficulties of this time, if we are going to repair God’s church, we have to be called to holiness and recognize that […]



Pope: Stretch out our hands to the poor as Jesus does with us

VATICAN CITY—As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said. “We Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference” or thrown up in the air in helpless resignation, the pope said in his homily Nov. 18, the World Day of the Poor. “As believers, […]


An end-time lesson can be learned

A recent Saturday found me sorting through project memos and notes from meetings. Amid the embarrassing array of unfinished business, I found a packet of meditations written by one of our now deceased sisters. It had been given to me by a friend of hers who thought that her reflections on God’s presence in the […]


Rosary maker grows own beads; says ‘too few people pray’ in the world

SAVAGE, Minn.—For most of his life, August Bueltel of Savage rarely held a rosary. Now, he grows them. In the backyard of his modest home, the 90-year-old waters and nurtures waist-high plants known as “Job’s Tears.” He picks the round grains when they ripen in late summer and uses them for rosary beads. From the […]


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