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Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

VATICAN CITY—Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato […]


Parents transmit church teaching on marriage by example, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Children need to see their parents kiss each other, complement each other and resolve arguments peacefully, Pope Francis said. “Dear parents, your children need to discover by watching you that it is beautiful to love another,” the pope told parents participating in the annual pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome. Parents […]


Pope: Concern for poor is sign of Gospel, not red flag of communism

VATICAN CITY  — Focusing on poverty and sacrificing for the poor are the heart of the Gospel, not signs of communism, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. Furthermore, if Christians don’t dig deep and generously open up their wallets, they do not have “genuine faith,” the pope said June 16 during the Mass in […]


Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises

VATICAN CITY — Couples who are seeking to marry, even those who have lived together, should value their engagement period as a time to grow in mature love and in profound knowledge of each other, said Pope Francis. The pope urged couples not to rush into marriage. Maturation in love before marriage is a slow […]


God will judge people on care for the poor, for the planet, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The powerful of the earth will face God’s judgment and will be asked to account for how they cared for the poor and how they cared for the environment so that it could produce food for all, Pope Francis said. “The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a […]


‘End the scourge of abortion,’ speaker says

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22 for the annual March for Life. This year marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand. Tens of thousands gathered first to hear a lineup of speakers before marching from the […]


Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

By Catholic News Service CINCINNATI–Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school’s campus. The challenge has taken the […]


Black History Month is celebrated with stories and song

Prayer and poetry, spoken words, song, dance and fellowship were in abundance as parishes and schools around the diocese celebrated Black History Month in February. St. Anne Church in Florence welcomed poet Nikky Finney during its celebration on Feb. 16. Finney is the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the […]


Funding provides support to all facets of Catholic ministry

Beth VanVorpe found it a challenge to practice her faith once she started classes at the College of Charleston. The 21-yearold from Dayton, Ohio, didn’t know where or how to meet other Catholics her age. Thanks to funding from the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, the college’s campus ministry program came to her rescue. VanVorpe now attends […]


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