Lentsanity: Fast. Pray. Love.

Smartphones and social media give young people a new look at Lent March 28, 2014, edition By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service This is not your parents’ Lent. That’s pretty clear when smartphone alarms — sounding like police whistles — ring at mealtimes on Fridays along with text messages from the “meat police” offering reminders…

As we age, it’s okay to ‘play it safe’ a bit more

March 28, 2014, edition By Jean Gonzalez Catholic News Service Replacing a microwave oven for his elderly grandparents did not seem like a big deal to David Teare. The microwave malfunctioned while Teare, a Texas native, was visiting his  grandparents in St. Petersburg, Fla. When he went to the local store to purchase a new microwave,…

Could the Internet change how you communicate?

March 28, 2014, edition By Zack Dunham Catholic News Service Staying in touch with family members scattered throughout the country always has posed a problem to retired seniors. Long-distance phone charges and time constraints conspire to keep families apart. However, by providing many lowcost and free communication services, the Internet allows an ever-growing number of…

Retirement years are not the time to stop learning

March 28, 2014, edition By Cori Fugere Urban Catholic News Service Learning of the opportunity to hear a well-known syndicated cartoonist speak about his work, 69-year-old retiree Arthur Hannon wasn’t sure he’d be interested. The Senior Symposia workshop turned out to be “absolutely fascinating,” he said, with the cartoonist giving his audience of senior citizens…

When husband and wife BOTH retire

Working out a new life situation isn’t always a smooth ride March 28, 2014, edition By Louise McNulty Catholic News Service As the retirement years approach for a husband and wife who both have jobs, an important consideration is whether to retire at the same time. David Mordarski, director of Older Adult Services for Catholic Charities…

Volunteers needed near to home or around the world

March 28, 2014, edition By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Once people retire they soon realize that there is no shortage of volunteer possibilities. The chances to use one’s time or talent range from family baby-sitting requests to parish needs, neighborhood school opportunities and charity work — both large scale and local. Before seniors say yes…

New path for those in failed marriages?

German cardinal seeks to maintain, yet reinterpret, doctrine so the church can help today’s families March 14, 2014, edition By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a “renewed” interpretation…

How to make room for all

Cardinals say synod on the family will seek to balance truth and God’s mercy in cases of failed marriages, innocent parties February 28, 2014, edition By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service Balancing the need to uphold Christ’s teaching about the permanence of marriage and the call for the church to show God’s mercy for those…

Pope tells cardinals they are servants, not royalty

February 28, 2014, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Celebrating Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honor but of humble service and sacrifice. “A cardinal enters the church of…

Laity included in oversight panel for Vatican finances

February 28, 2014, edition Catholic News Service In a move reflecting both his drive to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and his oft-stated desire to include laypeople in the leadership of the church, Pope Francis established a new panel, to include almost as many lay members as clerics, to oversee the finances of the Holy See…