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Vatican sets up emails, hashtag to send birthday greetings to Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY—Even though Pope Francis was planning a “normal” workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails. The pontiff turns 80 on Dec. 17 and plans to start the day with Mass together with cardinals living in Rome, according to the Vatican press office. The Vatican made the […]


Pope writes to Syrian president, urging him to end war

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver emergency aid to the people. Syria’s SANA news agency reported Assad met Dec. 12 with new Cardinal Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio to Syria, and that […]


Byzantine Catholics prepare for Christmas with 40-day fast

A 40-day period known as the Philip’s Fast, which began Nov. 15, is accompanying the faithful of the Byzantine Catholic Church as they prepare to celebrate the feast of the Nativity. These periods of preparation teach that in order to feast, we must fast. Named for the feast of the apostle celebrated the day before, […]


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 […]


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    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
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    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
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    Aug 17 CORE Training Weekend
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    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
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    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
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