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Sacramento Catholic schools welcome students displaced by fires for free

WASHINGTON—Once the California wildfires were contained — after burning for more than two weeks and ravaging the town of Paradise and nearby neighborhoods — those displaced by the raging fires began the process of resuming their lives. The Camp Fire, the nation’s deadliest fire in the past 100 years, killed 88 people and left nearly […]

Visitors are most important things about shrine, pope says

VATICAN CITY—People who visit Catholic shrines must find a place of warmth and welcome, as well as good priests who enjoy being with and listening to the faithful, Pope Francis said. “It is sad,” he said, whenever visitors arrive and “there is no one there who gives them a word of welcome and receives them […]

God gives each family unique gifts in order to share their talents

CHARLESTON—Kathleen and Steve Conner look at the path their family life has taken and can only smile at where God has led them. When they were first married 26 years ago, Steve said he thought, “maybe two children”, but then, “everything flows; God leads and we follow.” Now they are the parents of nine — […]

As caravan concerns rise, bishops urge respect, compassion for migrants

HOUSTON—Laredo’s Bishop James A. Tamayo is calling church leaders and lay faithful to “extend the compassion of Christ” to those who come to Catholic churches in need. Bishop Tamayo leads the youngest diocese in Texas and the U.S. The south Texas city of Laredo borders the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, and local Catholic leaders […]

Speaking up for faith and freedom on #RedWednesday

Landmark buildings, churches and cathedrals will be lit up in red for #RedWednesday, in solidarity with persecuted Christians and faith minorities who suffer discrimination because of their beliefs. “Light Red, wear red, tweet red.” That’s the message for this #RedWednesday 2018 as people in the UK, U.S., and other parts of the world highlight the […]

Pope: Commandments are liberation leading to authentic life

VATICAN CITY—Every heart enslaved by false idols and evil desires needs a “transplant” with a heart filled with love, joy, goodness, hope and generosity, Pope Francis said. “How does this ‘heart transplant’ happen? From an old heart to a new heart? Through the gift of new desires,” the pope said Nov. 28 during his weekly […]

St. Philip Neri reaps the rewards of stewardship

FORT MILL—St. Philip Neri has made stewardship a major priority in recent years, and they reaped the benefits in late October. The church won an award for excellence in materials used to promote parish stewardship from the International Catholic Stewardship Council during the 58th annual Stewardship Conference held in Nashville. “It says a lot for […]

Love and faith blooms in Spartanburg’s Flock15 group

SPARTANBURG—The young adult group at Jesus Our Risen Savior Church is more than a source of fun and fellowship. It has also become a great place for future husbands and wives to meet. This year, four couples who met through the group, known as Flock15, got married. Benjamin and Brittany Peacock were the first to […]

As choir, Pauline sisters share gift of music, their joy as religious

ST. LOUIS—Ask Pauline Sister Nancy Usselmann whether she sang in high school at Cor Jesu Academy or had a musical background, and her answer is short and simple. “Not really,” she said, with a laugh. So, how did she become a mainstay of the Daughters of St. Paul Christmas concerts, now a 24-year holiday tradition? […]

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Pope: Kingdom based on love, not power, brings true peace

VATICAN CITY—Jesus showed his authority as king not through the power of weaponry, violence or deceit but by the power of his love for the world through his death on the cross, Pope Francis said. Kingdoms founded “on the power of arms and on abuses of power” are frail and often collapse while God’s kingdom […]

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