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How more Catholic schools are looking to minimize screen time

DENVER, Colo.—Not long ago, introducing more technology into the classroom meant allowing third graders to play 15 minutes of Oregon Trail during recess time. In recent years, particularly after the emergence of smartphones and other mobile devices circa 2012, for many schools it has meant an iPad for every student, laptops in every classroom. However, […]

Pope advises parents to work together with teachers

VATICAN CITY—Without respectfully collaborating with teachers and schools, parents will risk being on their own when it comes to educating their children and be at a greater disadvantage for facing the challenges emerging from today’s culture, mass media and technology, Pope Francis said. Speaking to hundreds of parents, the pope told them that “teachers are […]

Men’s Cursillo #69 discovers gift from God

COLUMBIA—The Men’s Cursillo #69 retreat held at Our Lady of the Hills drew 21 men from 14 parishes for a closer encounter with God. Cursillo weekends focus on helping Catholics become more effective Christian leaders over the course of three days, which includes numerous talks and group discussion, plus daily Mass and reconciliation, 24-hour adoration, […]

Facing facts, coming to terms with one’s past brings peace

VATICAN CITY—People need to make peace with their lives and anything they are running from, rather than lose themselves to escapism and playful distraction, Pope Francis said. There is an “industry of distraction” in full force today, which paints the ideal world as being “a big playground where everybody has fun” and the ideal individual […]

Catholic Relief Services provides outreach across the globe

Catholic Relief Services provides ongoing emergency response and recovery activities around the world. Their work is possible thanks to the generous support of private and public donors, the dedication of local partners, and the unwavering presence of Caritas and the local Catholic Church. Here is a look at some of the places in which they […]

International religious freedom report cites 28 nations falling short

WASHINGTON—The U.S. International Commission on Religious Freedom singled out 28 countries for their repression of religious liberty in its annual report, issued Aug. 29. Sixteen countries were designated in the 228-page report as Tier 1 — the harshest level of repression: Myanmar, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, […]

Labor Day message: Follow the Gospel for workers

WASHINGTON—Echoing what Pope Francis said during a Mass in May, the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said, “The struggle of working people, of the poor” is not a “social or political question. No! It is the Gospel, pure and simple.” In the bishops’ annual Labor Day statement, […]

Reyes moves to boost schools

CHARLESTON—When John Reyes talks about his time spent teaching, his whole demeanor lights up with enthusiasm. It is a passion he has redirected from one classroom into hundreds of classrooms, reaching thousands of children in his new role as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Diocese of Charleston. Reyes said he hopes to […]

There is One big reason we stay

Every now and then a telecommuting day brings with it a revelation or reminder. On a recent weekday, I was working from home and enjoyed the luxury of a 12:15 Mass at our parish church. I’ve had occasion to do headcounts for various events over the years, and I am quite sure that there were […]

Study puts Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria deaths in the thousands

WASHINGTON—Few believed the initial official figures that said 64 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria in September 2017, a stunningly low statistic that officials released shortly after what is considered one of the island’s worst natural disasters on record. After many disputed the official number, Puerto Rican officials commissioned a […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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