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Pope’s 2019 calendar: Abuse summit, trips, a focus on mission are all on agenda

VATICAN CITY—Many people have big expectations that Pope Francis will take major steps in 2019 to address the clerical sexual abuse crisis. He has called the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences and the heads of the Eastern Catholic churches to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss abuse and child protection. Pope Francis’ 2019 calendar has […]


Catholic-themed socks offer practical, spiritual support

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Some people wear their faith on their sleeve, others on their feet, which is hardly sacrilegious. It is in fact, Sock Religious. Catholic socks are a rarity, but images like Mary, Pope Francis, St. Teresa of Kolkata and St. Joseph can be found at sockreligious.com. The Diocese of Little Rock also sells socks […]


NIH head’s defense of fetal tissue research ‘deeply disturbing’

WASHINGTON—An official at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said recent comments made by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in defending human fetal tissue research were “deeply disturbing.” “Research using fetal tissue from aborted babies is unethical and should not continue under his leadership,” said Greg Schleppenbach, associate director of […]


Bishops hope renewed spirit of holiness emerges from January retreat

WASHINGTON—Several bishops who are planning to join a weeklong U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops retreat to start the New Year are trusting they’ll return to their dioceses with a renewed sense of what it means to shepherd the faithful. Such a reminder of their primary role, they said, should be good for the soul. They […]


Nursing group forms a new chapter in SC

COLUMBIA—Catholic nurses can now connect with each other, share their faith and work together to help the community thanks to a new organization in the Diocese of Charleston.  Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone granted permission for a chapter of the National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA to form here.  Nurses were introduced to the organization at two […]


Lumen Christi Award winner has spent life as a religious serving poor

CHICAGO—Sister Marie-Paule Willem, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, who has been serving the poor in the U.S. and around the world for more than 60 years, will receive the 2018-2019 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension. “Working across many countries, Sister Willem believes strong families are the foundation of the church and society,” said the […]


Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol ‘Silent Night’

WASHINGTON—Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve — Dec. 24, 1818 — in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time. “Silent Night” was sung […]


Be still and open to God

This December marks the 200th anniversary of the debut of “Silent Night.” Most people have heard the story about the church organ that was not operational for a Christmas Eve service. Mice, rust, or something other than a power failure (not a possibility in those pre-electricity days) took the blame. Father Josef Mohr, a local […]


Bishop responds to concerns during town hall meetings

COLUMBIA —People in the pews around South Carolina are expressing their concern, their sadness and their anger about sexual abuse in the Church, and Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and others from the Diocese of Charleston are listening.  On Dec. 11 at the Basilica of St. Peter, about 100 people attended the third in a series […]


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Woman hopes exhibit of her creches will help all focus on gifts of Jesus

CONYERS, Ga.—Nativity scenes on display at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers feature a multitude of colors and sizes, reflect various cultures and are crafted from materials such as ceramics, shells, pewter, paper-mache, alabaster, corn husk and wax, to name a few. The exhibit showcases a select few creches from the Trappist monastery […]


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