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Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has ap­pointed six men and six women to a commission to study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church. In addition to the 12 members named Aug. 2, the pope tapped Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to serve […]


Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas to head the Vatican’s new office for laity, family and life. The Dublin-born bishop will celebrate his 69th birthday Sept. 2, the day after the new Vatican office officially begins its work. In a statement a few hours after his appointment was announced in […]


U.S. embassy to launch online exhibit on Mother Teresa

ROME—In late August the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will launch an online exhibit documenting the deep ties Blessed Teresa of Kolkata had with the United States. “She had an impact on Americans — quite a profound impact,” said Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador, who knew and worked with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries […]


Faith, Hope and Charity keep grounds of church cemetery tidy

NEW YORK—They’re baaaaaaaaaa-ck! For the third straight year, a historic New York City church has imported three sheep from an upstate New York farm to serve as organic lawn mowers in its two-century-old cemetery. The woolly visitors graze on grass and weeds growing in between and around the weather-eroded headstones and obelisks in the north […]


Faith, family lighten load for triathlete who travels with a lot of gear

BALTIMORE—World-class triathlete Katie Hursey Zaferes travels with a custom bicycle and enough workout gear to outfit an entire aerobics class. How does she lighten her load? With liberal doses of faith and family. When Zaferes, 27, competes in the women’s triathlon Aug. 20 at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she’ll represent not just the […]


Pope Francis pays “Mercy Friday” visit to rescued women

VATICAN CITY—Continuing his Year of Mercy practice of going one Friday a month to visit people facing special struggles, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution. The pope visited the house operated by the John XXIII Community in northeast […]


The Assumption of Mary recalls being lifted into presence of God

On Aug. 15 Catholics and many other Christians will cel­ebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope […]


U.N. Refugee Olympic team: ‘The victory scream of all refugees’

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil—Glued to the improvised screen set up on the patio of the Caritas house, the refugees yelled and they cried. But most of all, they cheered. They cheered for their two Congolese colleagues, Popole Misenga, 24, and Yolande Mabika, 28, who were competing in judo as part of the United Nations’ Refugee […]


Bishop believes moral leadership can bridge the racial divide

BELLEVILLE, Ill.—With the second anniversary of riots in Ferguson, Mo., this week, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has noted the downfalls of racial division and spoke about the importance of moral leadership as the best way to combat the growing division among citizens in the United States. “In a time of the breakdown of a […]


These two game-changing Olympians are serious Catholics

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil—Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky are two of the names to know in this year’s summer Olympic games in Rio. Biles, a record-shattering gymnast with a sparkling smile and bubbly energy that shines through her routines, is the U.S. gymnastics team fan favorite and the gymnast to beat for any chance at […]


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