By: Lise Alves (CNS)
SAO PAULO (CNS) -- A gunman opened fire inside a Brazilian church, killing four people and injuring four others before turning the gun on himself, police said.
 The shooting occurred Dec. 11 just as parishioners from Our Lady of the Conception Cathedral in Campinas, near Sao Paulo, were leaving a midday Mass.
By: Carol Zimmermann (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
BALTIMORE (CNS)--The gathering of U.S. bishops in Baltimore Nov. 12-14 on the heels of the clergy abuse scandal that hit the Catholic Church this past summer had echoes of the 2002 bishops’ meeting in Dallas, which took place just months after the Church was also reeling from the clergy sexual abuse crisis that made headlines in The Boston Globe.
But the two meetings reflected different times and also ended with different results.
By: Shemaiah Gonzalez (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming. It’s a time to take stock of what’s important in our lives, casting away extra commitments and wasted energy we’ve added throughout the year.
Here are a few traditions that an individual or a family can practice to slow down and draw closer to Christ during Advent.
— Advent candles
By: Mark Pattison
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Washington (CNS)-- The U.S. bishops will consider endorsing the sainthood cause of Sister Thea Bowman, the granddaughter of slaves and the only African-American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, who transcended racism to leave a lasting mark on Catholic life in the United States in the late 20th century.


By: Moisés Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Recientemente quise reservar un Yellow Cab (Taxi Amarillo) en la web para que me traslade al aeropuerto. No tuve éxito, porque la tecnología que me debería identificar como un ser humano y no como un robot, no estaba activada en el servidor de la empresa de taxis. Finalmente me di por vencido y llamé a un inmigrante de la India que tiene un taxi y me había llevado antes. Lo hizo con gusto. El mundo aún funciona mejor a través de las relaciones humanas.


By: Moisés Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Recently I was on the web trying to reserve a Yellow Cab to take me to the airport. I was unsuccessful because the technology that would identify me as a human being and not a robot was turned off on the taxi company’s server. I finally gave up and telephoned an immigrant from India who has a cab and had taken me there before. He gladly did it. The world still works best through human relationships.


By: Cecilia A. Moore (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

From the 1920s through the 1960s more than 300,000 African-Americans across the country chose to enter into communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Their choices to become Catholic set them apart from most African-American Christians who were members of Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal and Holiness traditions.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18



God was unhappy with King Ahab of Israel. Ahab was evil and did a lot of bad things, one of which was marrying Jezebel, a pagan who got the king to worship the false god Baal. 


So the Lord sent his prophet, Elijah, to give Ahab a warning. 


God said that no dew or rain would fall on the land for a long time. The dew and rain would only come again when God instructed Elijah to say so. 


After Elijah delivered God’s message, God told him to go into hiding. 


By: Carol Glatz (CNS)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked.


People must make "a serious examination of conscience to understand whether we are really capable of listening to the poor," the pope said in a message for the World Day of the Poor.


By: Dennis Sadowski (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

Franciscan Sister Janice Cebula isn’t one to turn down a chance to learn and be inspired.


So when Network, the Catholic social justice lobby, decided to take its Nuns on the Bus campaign on the road again beginning Oct. 8 to call attention to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and its impact on social services and local communities, she readily agreed to join one leg of the trip.


Beginning in Santa Monica, California, the tour was to wind through 21 states before ending near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 2.



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