By: B. Kevin Brown (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19

On a number of occasions over the past six and a half years, Pope Francis has called his listeners to live out the Gospel with “parrhesia.” “Parrhesia” is not a word that you hear every day. So why is Pope Francis using it and what is he trying communicate when does?


By: Photograph and text submitted by Nancy Schreck
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19

I was amazed to see in the Aug. 1 issue of the Southern Cross that the new altar at St. Teresa Church in Albany came from Mount de Chantal Academy in Wheeling, West Virginia.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

SAVANNAH--Among his friends and family, he’s just Matthew, a creative and resilient 9-year-old who plays center on his school’s flag football team, loves dinosaurs and imagines that a super power worth having would be the ability to shape shift into any dinosaur—even a hybrid one. 


By: Joseph Kenny
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

Jake Cox felt lost when the buzzer sounded ending the St. Louis Jr. Blues hockey team’s season in the finals of the NA3HL Fraser Cup March 31, 2018 in Romeoville, Ill. The Metro Jets of Waterford, Mich., won 3-2 in overtime and claimed the championship despite a valiant effort by Cox and his teammates.


A forward on the Jr. Blues, Cox was filled with emotion — because of the loss and his junior hockey career ending. He didn’t want to be the first one off the ice, so he wandered around and then decided to pray, kneeling at center ice and making the sign of the cross.

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19



One day, Jesus told his followers a parable about a rich man and the steward who oversaw his estate.


The rich man found out that the steward was dishonest and had squandered his property.


“Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward,” the rich man angrily told the steward.


“What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?” the steward wondered. “I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.”


By: Kerry Alys Robinson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

The Catholic Church is the largest global humanitarian network with enormous potential, and therefore responsibility, to address human suffering and complex global challenges. It is also the vehicle through which the Catholic faith is transmitted to nearly 1.3 billion people.


By: Staff

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By: Daniel S. Mulhall (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

What is your attitude toward work? Do you work in order to live, or do you live in order to work? How do you express yourself through your work? Do you feel that you accomplish something of value most days, or do you feel that your labor is meaningless toil that only achieves your minimal paycheck?


These questions reflect some of the many attitudes that people have toward work.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

Jesus returned to Galilee after spending 40 days in the desert. He traveled all around the area, healing those who were sick and calling people to follow him.


One day Jesus and his friends were walking through a field of grain. It was the Sabbath, a day of rest on which no work was to be done.


As they walked through the field, Jesus’ followers picked the heads of grain, rolled them between their hands and ate them.


The Pharisees noticed and questioned Jesus.


“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” they asked.

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19



Jesus traveled many places, and everywhere he went, he taught great crowds of people about God.


Jesus often used parables to teach important lessons. For example, through the parable of the rich fool, he taught that it was not right to become obsessed with storing up wealth on Earth. And he used the parable of the barren fig tree to show the people that they would perish if they did not repent of their sins.



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