Really getting to know Jesus should lead to amazement, pope says

By |2021-07-06T09:36:42-05:00July 6, 2021|World News|

Reciting the Angelus prayer July 4 with visitors in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis gave his usual reflection on the day's Gospel reading and announced a September trip to Hungary and Slovakia, but did not mention that he was about to go to the hospital for surgery.

World Day for Grandparents and Elderly: A time for small acts of kindness

By |2021-06-24T08:35:19-05:00June 24, 2021|World News|

Try a little tenderness. That's basically how Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, 73, summarized Pope Francis' vision for what older people, their grandchildren and friends should do to change the world after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrate freedom to live faith publicly, work to protect it, says bishop

By |2021-06-23T08:31:37-05:00June 23, 2021|World News|

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Religious Freedom Week June 22-29 is an opportunity for Catholics across the country to take a "stand for the freedom on which this country was founded: The freedom to live out our faith publicly," said Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.

Meeting opens with debate over time allotted to discuss Communion proposal

By |2021-06-17T08:53:02-05:00June 17, 2021|World News|

The first day of the U.S. bishops' June 16-18 spring assembly, held virtually because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, began with discussion of how to proceed with a major topic the bishops will be taking up: the drafting of a formal statement on the "meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church."

Louisiana Catholic church rolling out red carpet for lapsed gators

By |2021-06-01T07:34:30-05:00June 1, 2021|World News|

Alligators are a dime a dozen in south Louisiana, but Father Stephen Dardis, pastor of Holy Family Church in Luling, said he was dutifully impressed by the ambitious journey of a 7-foot gator that ended within a few feet of the front steps of the church.

Video series highlights Marian devotions, customs in U.S. mission dioceses

By |2021-05-27T08:43:58-05:00May 27, 2021|World News|

A special video series developed by Catholic Extension for the "Month of Mary" has highlighted throughout May the many ways Catholics of the Americas honor Mary in their native languages and culture customs.

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