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Stepping out and standing up for life

Hundreds braved the cold to march and rally for life, and a newly ordained priest urged participants to be ‘Catholic superheroes’ and fight for those in need. COLUMBIA—The annual tradition of spending an entire weekend advocating for life and an end to abortion drew large crowds to the capital city on Jan. 11-12.   Participants […]


Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

ROME—After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome’s mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city’s historic water features. Caritas was informed in late December that it would no longer receive the coins that […]


Shutdown won’t deter crowds from marching for life in nation’s capital

WASHINGTON—Neither snow nor sleet — nor partial government shutdown — will keep pro-lifers away from the nation’s capital for the March for Life Jan. 18. If it continues, the shutdown will be almost a month old by then. Daily news reports show the closures of monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian museums in Washington, along with […]


Catholic aid group says immigration solutions must consider root causes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the ongoing discussions surrounding immigration, part of the solution must involve looking at the factors that drive people to leave their homes in the first place, said the vice president of an international Catholic aid group. “What we would like is more attention to addressing why people flee,” said Bill O’Keefe, vice president […]


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Pope at Baptism Mass: Faith is passed on at home

VATICAN CITY—Faith isn’t something learned just by studying the catechism but rather is a gift passed on to children by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said. Although children learn the tenets of the Catholic faith in catechism class, it is first transmitted in the home “because faith always must be transmitted in dialect: […]


The writing on the wall

“Life is a struggle. Let’s be kind to one another.” This isn’t a proclamation from a homily but a spirited note from a surprising source. I saw it recently — inscribed in calligraphy on the wall of a restroom in the Subaru dealership in Hardeeville. The Holy Spirit speaks through the words of Sacred Scripture, […]


Across the US, organizers prepare for pro-life marches

CHICAGO, Ill.—Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates will rally this month in major cities throughout the country, marking the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated legal abortion in the U.S. From small but passionate local gatherings drawing hundreds of supporters to those of national renown, each march will evangelize […]


Campus ministry association leader praises St. Andrew student group

CLEMSON—The executive director of the national Catholic Campus Ministry Association praised and challenged students and parishioners at St. Andrew Church during a visit to the Clemson University campus. Mike St. Pierre shared his “amazement” at the level of ministry activity at Clemson during a Catholic Student Association Dinner held recently at the Madren Center on […]


Vatican leaps into the world of sports

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican announced its plans to take a leap of faith into the wide world of sports with the creation of its first ever sports association. The Vatican Athletic sports association, which will fall under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Culture and its “Culture and Sport” section, was presented during a briefing […]


Bishops describe their retreat as inspiring, Spirit-filled

WASHINGTON—Although the weeklong retreat for U.S. Catholic bishops emphasized quiet reflection, several bishops spoke out on social media during the retreat and after it wrapped up Jan. 8 with positive reaction about it and to give shoutouts to the retreat leader, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, who has preached to popes and top officials of the […]


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