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Pope: Christians can’t pick and choose which neighbor to love

VATICAN CITY—The commandment to love one’s neighbor does not mean Christians get to choose who gets help and who doesn’t, Pope Francis said. “It is not about pre-selecting my neighbor,” he said. “This isn’t Christian, it is pagan.” Christians must encounter everyone with the heart and eyes of Jesus, listening to and being near those […]

People must choose: path toward holiness or nothing, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints. They include simple people “from next door, our relatives and acquaintances who now are part of that ‘immense multitude’” in heaven, he said, which makes the Nov. 1 feast of […]

All Saints’ Day includes every man and woman of goodwill

The month of November opens with the celebration of one of the richest feasts of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of All Saints. On this day, the Church celebrates the festival of God’s holy city and the redeemed citizenry of heaven. The feast of All Saints celebrates all those who lived in the model of […]

Women religious vow solidarity in fight against human trafficking

PARMA, Ohio—There was a time years ago when Flor Molina was working in a Southern California sewing factory, earning a scant wage and sleeping at night in a storage room not far from the factory floor. On top of that, her bosses forbid her from talking with the other employees. It was not the life […]

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Gift of nun doll collection helps preserve legacy of women religious

ATLANTA—Margaret Alsup of Cumming always considered her nun dolls to be like friends. So, when it came time to look for a permanent home for her beloved figurines in late 2017, she found a place that would help preserve the historical legacy of the women religious these replicas represent. The 75 carefully and meticulously created […]

Fidelity is for every vocation, not just marriage, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The Sixth Commandment’s mandate against adultery is a call to fidelity that applies not only to married couples, but to all Christians called to love others through their vocation, Pope Francis said. Married men and women, priests and those in religious life are ultimately called to live out their vocation faithfully and follow the […]

Abuse crisis, day of discernment, prayer top agenda for Baltimore meeting

WASHINGTON—Discussion and voting on concrete measures to address the abuse crisis and a day of spiritual discernment and prayer will top the agenda for the U.S. bishops when they meet Nov. 12-14 for their fall general assembly in Baltimore. Public sessions of the assembly also will be live-streamed, live tweeted and carried via satellite, according […]

Listen to those in need, pope says prior to World Day of Poor

VATICAN CITY—How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked. People must make “a serious examination of conscience to understand whether we are really capable of listening to the poor,” the pope […]

USCCB president condemns shooting at synagogue and all ‘acts of hate’

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic bishops stand with “our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community,” the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 27 after a horrific shooting earlier that day in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described as a hub of Jewish life in that city. The shooting occurred during […]

Synod document: Listen to, support, guide, include young people

VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Synod of Bishops said. While the synod’s final document […]

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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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