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Georgetown University, Jesuits apologize for roles in sale of slaves

WASHINGTON—Georgetown University and the Society of Jesus’ Maryland province apologized April 18 for their roles in the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals for the university’s benefit. More than 100 descendants attended a morning “Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope” that the university created in partnership with descendants, the Archdiocese of Washington and the Society […]


At ‘mother of all vigils,’ U.S. church welcomes thousands of new Catholics

WASHINGTON—During what the Roman Missal describes as the “mother of all vigils,” the U.S. Catholic Church welcomed thousands of new Catholics at the Easter Vigil April 15 in churches big and small across the country. About 60 of the nearly 200 dioceses in the United States reported numbers of catechumens and candidates entering the church […]


Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing. With tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 16, the pope called on Christians to be instruments of Christ’s […]


Pope Benedict celebrates his 90th birthday with Bavarian guests, beer, pretzels

VATICAN CITY—A bit of Bavaria, including German beer and pretzels, came to the Vatican to help celebrate retired Pope Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday. “Thank you for bringing Bavaria here,” he told his guests, commenting on the beauty of gathering together under a blue Roman sky with white clouds — colors that “recall the white and […]


Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil ‘mother of all vigils’ for a reason

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday. The Roman Missal, which spells out specifics of how the vigil is to be celebrated, describes it as the “mother of all vigils” and says it is the “greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it […]


Stations of the Cross date back to the fourth century

The Stations of the Cross in the form most American Catholics know best aren’t that old in Church terms, dating back to the year the U.S. Constitution was ratified. However, their history goes back well before that, to the days when pilgrims were first openly able to travel to Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of […]


Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist

Except for the resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is considered one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. During the Last Supper, […]


Cardinal: Fatima seers are holy because of virtue, not visions

VATICAN CITY—As extraordinary as the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago were, the sanctity of the shepherd children did not hinge on their having seen Mary, a cardinal said. “The apparition of the Virgin Mary was an occasion, but it has nothing to do with or has not influenced the reason” Blesseds Francisco […]


Faith inspires artist to feature homeless in portraits of compassion

SHORELINE, Wash.—Among Mary Larson’s Shoreline living-room pictures is a small photo of a man with furrowed eyebrows and a full white beard. His name is James, but when Larson knew him, he was better known as “The Professor.” The two met in 1995 when Larson was a volunteer nurse at Christ House in Washington, D.C., […]


Terror attacks in Egypt won’t deter pope’s visit for peace

VATICAN CITY—Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. “The pope’s trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled,” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email April 10. The pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29 […]


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