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Proceeds from new CRS coffee benefit small farmers

BALTIMORE, MD—Do you need an excuse to drink that second, or third … or even fourth cup of coffee? We’ve got you covered, but not with just any old coffee — we have coffee with a cause. You can now purchase “Mama Tierra” coffee (, created through a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and Equal […]

Bishops, young people walk to St. Peter’s on pilgrimage of faith

VATICAN CITY—Following the Francigena Way, an ancient pilgrims’ path, a group of about 300 synod participants and young people from Rome parishes headed to St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at the apostle’s tomb. The wayfaring cardinals, bishops, priests and young people were stocked with small backpacks, shod with comfortable sneakers or hiking boots, and readied […]

Domestic abuse victims find escaping their predicament no easy matter

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Nothing could have prepared Adelaide for the nightmare that was 18 years of her life. She had married that many years ago, having checked off the stereotypical “Catholic” boxes: She saved sex for marriage, was wed to a Catholic man and was open to having as many children as God gave them. However, just […]

Judge orders arrest of longtime suspect in St. Romero’s 1980 killing

WASHINGTON—Days after the Catholic Church declared Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero a saint, a judge in El Salvador issued a capture order for a former military captain suspected of killing the religious leader in 1980 as he celebrated Mass. Judge Rigoberto Chicas issued the order Oct. 23 for national and international authorities to apprehend Alvaro […]

Catholic officials say Hurricane Michael sets new bar for disaster relief

MIAMI—Yirca Salazar, a quality assurance specialist for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, was just a toddler when 1992’s Category-5 Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction south of Miami. Salazar doesn’t remember much about that historic storm, whose wind strength is being compared to this year’s Hurricane Michael and its cataclysmic impact on […]

Pope calls for stronger preparation for sacrament of marriage

VATICAN CITY—Every heart longs for unconditional love and fidelity, Pope Francis said. “Christ reveals authentic love,” the pope said Oct. 24 during his weekly general audience. “He is the faithful friend who welcomes us even when we make mistakes and he always wants what is best for us, even when we don’t deserve it,” he […]

Hope is living for the encounter with Jesus

VATICAN CITY—In his homily at the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflects on hope, which is not abstract, but living in expectation of the concrete encounter with Jesus. And it is wise, the pope emphasized, to know how to rejoice in the little encounters of daily life with the Lord. In his daily […]

Doctrine won’t change, but LGBTQ Catholics need care, U.S. observer says at synod

VATICAN CITY—One small group’s discussions at the Synod of Bishops concerning the LGBTQ community focused on how the Catholic Church could best minister to people who already feel marginalized and attacked by the church itself, a U.S. synod participant said. Catholic Church “doctrine isn’t going to change, we just need to find a way to […]

Synod members ‘share the journey’ with migrants, refugees

VATICAN CITY—Honduran Bishop Jose Antonio Canales of Danli said that, given what is going on in his country and throughout Central America, he had to walk in the “Share the Journey” campaign of Caritas Internationalis. The 1.5-mile walk Caritas organized Oct. 21 from Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood to the Vatican “is nothing when compared to what […]

‘Ugly cancer of racism’ infects U.S., bishops say in proposed pastoral letter

WASHINGTON—”Despite many promising strides made in our country, the ugly cancer of racism still infects our nation,” the U.S. bishops say in a proposed pastoral letter on racism. The proposed statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love — A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” is expected to be considered for approval during the […]

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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
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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