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Bush recalled for her unwavering devotion to family, community

HOUSTON—Former first lady Barbara Bush “was a model public servant and set a standard for her unwavering and loving devotion to both family and community,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston Houston in offering his prayers and “heartfelt condolences” to the Bush family. Wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the 43rd […]


St. Thomas Aquinas meets bluegrass in best-selling album by Dominicans

WASHINGTON—Bluegrass music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Dominicans, but for the 10 Dominican brothers and priests at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington who recently released their debut album, “The Hillbilly Thomists,” the two have a lot in common. “The life of holiness is the […]


Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

VATICAN CITY—Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for asylum in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England. “If Your Holiness helps our child, Your Holiness will be potentially saving the future for our children in the U.K., especially […]


The sign of the cross is our badge, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis said that to make the sign of the cross is to mark ourselves as Christians, and that it is something we should do often to remind ourselves that we belong to God. “The cross is the badge that shows who we are: our speaking, thinking, looking, working [we are] under the sign […]


Pope: Respect life of severely ill patients such as Alfie Evans

VATICAN CITY—Highlighting the plight of a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain and a severely brain-damaged man in France, Pope Francis called for greater respect for every patient’s life and dignity. After praying the “Regina Coeli” with people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 15, the pope asked that everyone pray for “people, such as […]


‘Is my dad in heaven,’ little boy asks pope

ROME—After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15, there were the usual questions like, “How did you […]


Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in Chilean abuse cases

VATICAN CITY—In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno. The pope said he made “serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation, especially due to a […]


Priests’ group recommends revisions in U.S. priestly formation

WASHINGTON—An organization of 1,200 priests has called for revisions in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the U.S. Catholic Church can better address challenges that include declining membership and falling seminary enrollment. The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests addressed five areas of concern, saying that priests must get closer to the people […]


USCCB migration chair agrees with U.S. bishops voicing concern about call for border troops

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration committee said April 11 he agrees with concerns raised issued by U.S. bishops on the southern border about President Donald Trump’s call to deploy National Guard troops to the region. “Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country to due […]


Conference honors women religious who risk their lives to serve

ROME—Today’s women religious belong to “a long line of courageous women” whose faith in God and love for humanity led them to put their lives at risk, said Sister Patricia Murray, an Irish member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In situations of war and conflict around the globe, women religious face the […]


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