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Retirement Fund for Religious is a gift of thanksgiving

CHARLESTON—A special collection to help retired religious will be held in the Diocese of Charleston on Dec. 8. The Retirement Fund for Religious collection benefits orders such as the Monas­tery of St. Clare in Travelers Rest, whose sisters use the money to help provide the skilled medical care their sisters may need. “There are so many sisters […]

Cardinal tells conference that addressing climate change is an ethical imperative

KATOWICE, Poland—The Vatican challenged countries gathered for the 24th U.N. Climate Change Conference to focus on the needs of the present and the future as it worked to take swift action. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, addressed the conference, called COP24, in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3 and told participants, “We are standing before […]

Pope: During Advent, ask Jesus to teach us to pray

VATICAN CITY—Jesus’ way of praying to his father throughout his life is a reminder for Christians that prayer is more than asking God for something but is a way of establishing an intimate relationship with him, Pope Francis said. Prayer is a longing within one’s soul that is “perhaps one of the most profound mysteries […]

Pope expresses condolences for death of former President Bush

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the death of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent a telegram to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, telling him the pope was “saddened to learn of […]

Almost 500 gather in Rock Hill to honor Vietnamese martyrs

ROCK HILL—At a time of year when the focus is on giving thanks, nearly 500 Vietnamese Catholics gathered at St. Anne Church on Nov. 18 to offer praise, prayer, and a debt of gratitude to their ancestors. Every year, parishioners from communities statewide come together to honor those slain during the “Great Massacre,” a time […]

Advent is a time to be men and women of peace

VATICAN CITY—The Advent season is a time of preparation for the coming of the prince of peace and not a time of making war with those around you, Pope Francis said. As Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, they must also reflect on what they do in their daily lives to become “artisans […]

Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

WASHINGTON—The revelation in late November that a Chinese researcher had edited genes in human embryos and then implanted them in a woman was “a train wreck of a thing to do,” said an ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. “Normally clinical research proceeds in phases. First, you verify it works in animals, […]

Nation mourns death of 41st president, recalls his life of public service

WASHINGTON—When he was running for re-election in 1992, President George H.W. Bush told Catholic News Service that he believed that a strong religious faith could provide “an extra shot of strength when you need it.” “I don’t believe you can be president without having faith. I really strongly feel that,” Bush said in a telephone […]

Catholic groups pledge to make Church’s voice heard at climate conference

WARSAW, Poland—As government delegations from across the globe prepare for a Dec. 2-14 U.N. conference on climate change, Catholic organizations are pledging to make the Church’s voice heard. CIDSE, a network of 17 Catholic development agencies from Europe and North America based in Brussels, joined other Catholic aid organizations in Katowice, Poland, for the 24th […]

In Advent, prepare your heart like your hearth

The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for “coming” and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. This year, Advent begins on Dec. 2. During his Angelus address last year, Pope Francis said we should prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus like we joyfully prepare our homes for a visit […]

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