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Thousands gather to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

WASHINGTON—People on the sidewalks of Washington momentarily stopped their holiday shopping and paused in the cold on Dec. 10 to take in the sight of hundreds of pilgrims processing through the streets alongside images of Mary. One procession began at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart and another at Holy Name Church, and the two […]


2016: The year racism and fear make a comeback

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of year-end stories recapping key events of 2016. WASHINGTON—It began with the fatal shootings of unarmed black men and women by police. It was exacerbated in the summer when, on July 7, a gunman in Dallas opened fire on police during a march, killing five officers in […]


Pope Francis calls Coptic Pope Tawadros to share condolences

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Dec. 12, expressing his prayers and condolences for the previous day’s terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 people dead. “We are united in the blood of our martyrs,” the pope told the Orthodox patriarch, according to a Vatican statement. The patriarch […]


Pilgrims on horseback pay homage at Guadalupe shrine

DES PLAINES, Ill.—With thick, wet snow falling down and live mariachi music to greet them, around 400 riders on horseback rode up to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Dec. 4 to pay homage to Mary. Some wore ponchos bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Other riders carried their […]


Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted ‘yes’ to God

VATICAN CITY—Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary’s total “yes” to God was “the most important ‘yes’ of history” and overturned Adam and Eve’s prideful “no,” which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said. “With generosity and trust like Mary, may each of us say this personal ‘yes’ […]


Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor recalled as ‘such a powerful event’

WASHINGTON—A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is “such a powerful event.” As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost. “Before […]


USCCB leaders seek prayers for migrants on Guadalupe feast

WASHINGTON—Prayer services and special Masses will be held in many dioceses across the country as the U.S. Catholic Church has asked that the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a day of prayer with a focus on migrants and refugees. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. “As Christmas […]


Vatican announces worldwide telecast information for the pope’s Christmas events

WASHINGTON—The Vatican has released information to broadcasters for the worldwide telecasts of Christmas events presided over by Pope Francis. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time) and are as follows: * Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 20:25-22:30 hours, Christmas Mass at Night presided over by Pope Francis, St. Peter’s Basilica. * Sunday, December […]


People fleeing wildfires describe it as escaping ‘gates of hell’

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—St. Mary’s Catholic Church was at ground zero in the wildfires that devastated parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Nov. 28, and while flames reached to within yards of the tourist city church, it appears to have been spared. Some parishioners weren’t as fortunate. Its pastor, Carmelite Father Antony Punnackal, was forced to […]


Religious leaders encourage penitants to seek absolution from the sin of abortion

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed Pope Francis’ November 20 apostolic letter “Misericordia et Misera” (“Mercy and Misery”). In his letter, Pope Francis extended the Year of Mercy provision granting priests worldwide a faculty related to the sin of […]


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