Catholic women urged to serve church and world as ‘a common voice’

 Oct.11, 2013, edition By Laura Dodson Catholic News Service Catholic women must “join together in a common voice” and be “an instrument for unified action” in service to the Catholic Church and the world, said the president of the National Council of Catholic Women. “There are 34 million Catholic women in the United States today,”…

‘The Francis Factor’

Pope’s example can help Americans bridge social divides, panelists say Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service Pope Francis’ refreshing messages and his willingness to embrace people of all walks of life can serve as an example for Americans divided by social issues and political ideologies, a Georgetown University audience heard. Decrying…

Thumbs up on Francis

Polls say wide majority of U.S. Catholics agree with the pope’s recent comments  Oct. 4, 2013, edition A new poll shows that nearly 70 percent of U.S. Catholics agree with comments made by Pope Francis in his recent extensive interview with a Jesuit Italian journal where he stressed that Catholics cannot “insist only on issues related to abortion,…

Pope: Digital domain needs loving dialogue, not spiritual engineers

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service Helping the church get the Gospel message out to the digital world depends more on a loving passion for reaching out to others than being tech savvy or a verbal warrior, Pope Francis told Catholic communicators. “I believe that the goal is to understand how…

Congress’ shutdown showdown:

Good theater, but is it good government?  Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service The drama being played out in Congress since the lawmakers returned from summer vacation has made for riveting viewing, with cable news channels showing shifting vote totals on crucial bills in real time. But questions arise on the…

Pope condemns abortion as product of ‘throwaway culture’

Sept. 27, 2013, edition Catholic News Service In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, Pope Francis affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice. “In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality….

Pope Francis speaks his mind

‘We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods’ Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with one of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about the perils of overemphasizing Catholic teaching on sexual…

Every picture’s picture tells a story, and more

Sept. 13, 2013, edition CNS photo / L’Osservatore Romano These young people from northern Italy will have a cherished souvenir from their meeting in Rome, thanks to Pope Francis, who posed for a “selfie” with them in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Aug. 28. But this photo of photo-taking sheds light as well on…

Archbishop, panel urge support for immigration reform

Sept. 13, 2013, edition By Joe Towalski The Catholic Spirit Father Joseph Williams remembers taking a tough stance on illegal immigration in 1990 when he was a high school student participating in a classroom discussion on the topic. Those who crossed the border without documentation, he argued at the time, should be deported. The pastor…