Shortly after Labor Day, when the only signs of Christmas are at retail outlets and drug stores, Fr. Frank Uter takes a seat at his kitchen table of his rectory and pens personal tidings in Christmas cards to his parishioners.
Catholic bishops have expressed hope that Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Newman in 2019 after Vatican medics said the inexplicable healing of a U.S. mother was a miracle attributable to his intercession.
With a large aging population of Catholics in many areas of the country will come an array of age-related vision complications that invariably hinder full participation in the liturgy and in spiritual life.
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.
When an individual, a family, a group or a church wants to pack a small box of Christmas joy for a needy child, “we tell them ‘welcome to the world of joy,’ because everyone who gives joy receives joy in return,” said the president of Cross Catholic Outreach in Boca Raton.