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Norbertine brother sees caring for rescued cats at shelter as a ministry

GREEN BAY, Wis.—St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, would be pleased with the attention Norbertine Brother Terrence Lauerman has received as a volunteer at the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. The nonprofit center in downtown Green Bay specializes in rescuing cats with special needs from euthanasia. Brother Terrence, 75, spends most afternoons cuddling […]


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Open skies: Vatican Observatory prepares public stargazing tour

VATICAN CITY—When people ask why the Vatican has an observatory, one Jesuit priest says it’s because it cannot afford a particle accelerator. The nerdy quip by the Vatican Observatory’s vice director, Jesuit Father Paul Mueller, has become his signature response to people’s inevitable surprise when they discover that popes have stockpiled telescopes, and the church […]


‘Unthinkable pain, raw emotion’ remain a year after shooting, says bishop

LAS VEGAS—This last year “has been a time of unthinkable pain and raw emotion for the Las Vegas community and for families devastated” by the mass shooting of Oct. 1, 2017, Bishop George L. Thomas said at an interfaith prayer service at Guardian Angel Cathedral. “But it has also been a time when Las Vegas […]



‘Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent’ is theme of Respect Life Month

WASHINGTON—Each year the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics “to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between,” said the chairman of the bishops’ pro-life committee. For this year’s pro-life observance “we become even […]


Pope opens synod, tells bishops to be a lifeline of hope for youth

VATICAN CITY—Setting the stage for a monthlong gathering of bishops, Pope Francis urged synod fathers not to be crushed by “prophets of doom,” but to be the signs of hope and joy for which today’s young people yearn. “Anointed by hope, let us begin a new ecclesial meeting,” he said in his homily at Mass […]


Catholic aid agencies respond after quake, tsunami in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 800 people dead. Indonesia’s disaster agency said Oct. 1 the death toll from the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami was more than 840, and nearly 50,000 people […]


Pope: Recognize God’s goodness from wherever it comes

VATICAN CITY—Jesus invites people to stop labeling others as being either “friends” or “enemies” or being “with us” or “against us,” Pope Francis said. People should open their hearts and minds to recognize God’s presence and action even in the most unusual and surprising places and in people “who are not part of our circle,” […]



Pro-life leader encourages supporters to keep the momentum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The 40 Days for Life 2018 fall campaign began on Wednesday, claiming groups in a record 415 cities are taking part. “The momentum in the pro-life movement is ours to keep or lose,” Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life, said Sept. 23. “We are going all in this fall.” “We have received […]


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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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