Much to pray for at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Boston cardinal calls for immigration reform May 23, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, the keynote speaker at the 10th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, issued a call for immigration reform. The cardinal recalled his early years of ordained ministry as a Capuchin Franciscan priest at the…

Outcry over ‘black mass’ results in cancellation

Planned mockery of liturgy at Harvard draws 2,000 to Holy Hour in response May 23, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service A Harvard University student group’s plan to conduct a satanic ritual “black mass” May 12 on campus brought a public outcry, leading to its formal cancellation and an apparently impromptu off-campus version of the event, as…

Pope Francis is off to the Holy Land

‘Strictly religious’ trip will include visit with Orthodox patriarch plus prayers for suffering region May 23, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Asking prayers for his May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be “strictly religious.” At the end of his weekly…

Sex abuse panel to stress accountability, education

May 9, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service The new papal commission for protecting minors from clerical sex abuse will recommend stricter standards for accountability of abusers and those who fail to protect children, and will fight widespread denial of the problem within the church, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston. “In some people’s…

Deportations go on, but immigration reform stalled

May 9, 2014, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service The united front of President Barack Obama and advocates for comprehensive immigration reform has tarnished and taken on an increasingly bitter tinge over deportations. Building on huge increases in U.S. Border Patrol resources that began in the George W. Bush administration, Obama’s Department of Homeland…

Farmer who wrote Pope John Paul II looks back on 1979 Iowa visit

People in and around the small town of Truro, Iowa, still remember Joseph A. Hays as the farmer whose letter convinced John Paul II to come to Iowa during his first tour of the United States in 1979. Hays is pictured on a tractor that year. May 9, 2014, edition By Dan Russo Catholic News…

Swiss Guard

May 9, 2014, edition CNS photos by Tony Gentile, Reuters New recruits of the Swiss Guard are sworn in at Vatican City each year May 6, commemorating the date in 1527 when 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the pope during an attack on Rome.    

Love gives life, pope proclaims at Easter; share it with others

April 25, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts of caring and sharing. Proclaiming the good news of Jesus’resurrection means giving concrete witness “to unconditional and faithful love,” he said Easter Sunday before…