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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 […]

Chaplains take college campus ministry to the high schools

COLUMBIA—Those who work in campus ministry have to deal with the sad fact that many young Catholics stop practicing their faith once they start college.  Father David Nerbun has seen this play out as chaplain at Coastal Carolina University, where about 30 percent of the 11,000 students are Catholic but Mass and other activities only […]

Feast of Black Nazarene draws millions in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines—Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila warned against fanaticism in his homily during a Mass to usher in the feast of the Black Nazarene Jan. 9. The cardinal told thousands of people who attended the midnight celebration to distinguish “fanatics” from “devotees,” reported “What is the meaning of devotion? Every year, it is […]

Prayer has the power to change lives, hearts, pope says

VATICAN CITY—God is a father who never ignores his children when they call to him in times of suffering, loneliness and despair, Pope Francis said. Although at times it seems that “so many of our prayers seem to have no result,” Christians are called by Christ to “insist and not give up,” the pope said […]

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