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Catholic groups pledge to make Church’s voice heard at climate conference

WARSAW, Poland—As government delegations from across the globe prepare for a Dec. 2-14 U.N. conference on climate change, Catholic organizations are pledging to make the Church’s voice heard. CIDSE, a network of 17 Catholic development agencies from Europe and North America based in Brussels, joined other Catholic aid organizations in Katowice, Poland, for the 24th […]

In Advent, prepare your heart like your hearth

The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for “coming” and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. This year, Advent begins on Dec. 2. During his Angelus address last year, Pope Francis said we should prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus like we joyfully prepare our homes for a visit […]

Pope shares message of Christian unity on feast of St. Andrew

Pope Francis has sent a message to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on the occasion of the Nov. 30 feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Patriarchate. Despite differences between Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Pope Francis said the two communities are called to be a sign of hope by working together for peace, human dignity and […]

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 […]

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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