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: 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.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., has announced the following appointments:


On presentation of Father James McCurry, Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Friars Conventual of our Lady of the Angels Province, Bishop Hartmayer endorsed the following appointments, effective August 2, 2018.  All Friars have been assigned to the newly named Franciscan Martyrs Friary in Columbus, Georgia.


Father Robert Schlageter, OFM Conv. appointed Pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church

By: Rhina Guidos (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. 


By: Dennis Sadowski (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

WASHINGTON --Caring for creation goes hand-in-hand with the mission of helping retreat-goers connect with God at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio.


The center’s tree-enshrouded grounds that filter the sound of nearby traffic in the middle of Cleveland’s largest suburb offer a home for wildlife and a respite for those seeking a quiet place to pray and reflect about God in their life.


By: Cindy Wooden
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

VATICAN CITY (CNS) --People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said.  


By: Cindy Wooden
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (CNS)--La gente tiene la responsabilidad de verificar la fuente de lo que comparten en las redes sociales para asegurarse de que no se trate de “noticias falsas” diseñadas para fomentar prejuicios o aumentar el temor, dijo el papa Francisco.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

The Right Reverend Oscar C. Burnett, seventh abbot of Belmont Abbey, died peacefully in the Lord, on Tuesday evening, November 21, 2017.


His body was received at 7 p.m. Friday evening, November 24, 2017, at Vespers in the Basilica of Our Lady, Help of Christians at Belmont Abbey in Belmont. The public funeral Mass was celebrated in the basilica at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 25, with interment following in the Abbey cemetery.


By: Barbara D. King
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Two bishops from Georgia and one from Florida have reiterated their opposition to the death penalty following the resolution of a court case involving the murder of a priest.


On Oct. 18 in the Burke County Courthouse in Waynesboro, Steven James Murray pleaded guilty to the murder of Father Rene Robert, thus taking the death penalty off the table. He will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.



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