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  • Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000: Pope Francis on Families - Top Catholic News |
    Pope Francis cares deeply about the health and happiness of today’s families. Just seven months into his papacy, he announced that he would host an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the pastoral challenges facing modern families. The discussions on the family began in October ...
  • Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000: Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of US society - Top Catholic News |

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- American parishes are not so monolithic anymore.

    Traditionally European parishes, once the hallmark of the American Catholic Church, have become places where immigrants from Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia have increasingly felt at home.

    It's an indication of the ever-changing face of the U.S. church.

    While many parishes have gone ...

  • Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:00:00 +0000: Voting Rights Act at 50: Questions remain on who gets to vote - Top Catholic News |

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Even after a half-century of election law that was intended to settle the question of who is eligible to vote in the United States, contentious issues remain on who gets that right.

    The battles, just like those before the bill was signed into law Aug. 6, 1965, are held ...

  • Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000: 72 men start lives as seminarians in Rome - Top Catholic News |

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" bellowed across an immaculately groomed sports field not far from St. Peter's Basilica, a new class of U.S. seminarians faced off against their peers in a fraternal game of softball.

    The onlooking fans, who included Vatican officials and seminary staff, said they ...

  • Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000: Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial - Top Catholic News |

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28 in the Vatican residence where he was awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.

    Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, Vatican spokesman, said ...

  • Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000: Family prayer time can start with small, simple gestures, pope says - Top Catholic News |
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Parents who juggle packed work and family schedules deserve a Nobel Prize in mathematics for doing something not even the most brilliant scientists can do: They pack 48 hours of activity into 24, Pope Francis said.
  • Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000: No such thing as a ‘typical’ U.S. parish - Top Catholic News |

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If Pope Francis were to have time on his U.S. visit in September to stop at "typical" parishes, it might take a week or two just to see a representative sample.

    Of course, while no two parishes anywhere in the world are exactly alike, North American Catholics who grew ...

  • Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000: Catholic agencies use clown, puppets to help Gaza kids overcome trauma - Top Catholic News |

    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Catholic aid agencies having been using various counseling techniques, even a live clown and puppets, to help the Gaza Strip's children overcome the trauma of lost loved ones and homes in the year since the cease-fire ended the conflict. But they warn that only a political solution can ...

  • Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000: Pope Francis to see 'Homeless Jesus' during US visit - Top Catholic News |

    WASHINGTON -- When Pope Francis approaches the Catholic Charities building in downtown Washington during his U.S. visit in September, he will encounter a "homeless person" covered in a blanket laying on a park bench.

    The scene actually is a sculpture. And it's not a work of art depicting any homeless person; it's ...

  • Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000: Katrina odyssey brought many blessings for New Orleans priest - Top Catholic News |

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- Like many of his brother priests, Father Dennis Hayes decided to take his chances and stay put as Katrina teased the Louisiana coast, hoping the storm's Category 5 fury would spare his parish of St. Louise de Marillac in Arabi.

    Surely Katrina would veer away at the last ...

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