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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 […]


Pope Francis: Serve the sick with generosity

VATICAN CITY—To serve the poor and sick in a generous manner is a powerful form of evangelization, Pope Francis said in a message for the upcoming World Day of the Sick. “The Church — as a Mother to all her children, especially the infirm — reminds us that generous gestures, like that of the Good […]


National Migration Week to be celebrated through Jan. 12

WASHINGTON—National Migration Week 2019 kicked off on Jan. 6 and will run to Jan. 12. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which provides an opportunity for the Church to highlight the presence and situation of immigrants, refugees, victims, and survivors of human trafficking. The […]


The gift of the Magi is to seek Jesus, serve him and others

VATICAN CITY—People find Jesus only through humble love, and once they find him, they are called to offer him the gifts of their prayer, their adoration and their care of others, Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of Epiphany Jan. 6, the pope said Christians are called to imitate the Magi: “They do not debate; […]


Annual ‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign takes place on Jan. 14-22

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops announced Dec. 18 the annual “9 Days for Life” prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 to Jan. 22. Sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro Life Activities, the “9 Days” observance leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children […]


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 […]


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