Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop…

Survey shows increase in Americans who aren’t part of any religion

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A major study of the religious landscape of the United States shows a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion, with the largest shift occurring among the “millennial” generation. The Pew Research Center survey of 35,000 people, conducted in 2014, found that the percentage of Americans…

Schoendienst quietly lives his faith, serves as mentor to young players

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Seventy years ago, a ballplayer from a small-town Catholic family began a Hall of Fame career in major league baseball. Albert “Red” Schoendienst, 92, also is known for quietly living his faith and serving as a mentor and role model for young players. The St. Louis Cardinals marked the milestone by…

Archbishop Romero and the Spirit of Palm Sunday

By David Gibson Catholic News Service Palm Sunday 1980 still is remembered as the day of the assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero’s funeral, celebrated on the steps of Holy Savior Cathedral in El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador. Six days earlier, Archbishop Romero had been shot and killed while celebrating Mass at the altar of…

Christian leaders meet in Lebanon, call for end to financing terrorists

BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs called for an end to financing terrorists and suggested that borders be closed when necessary to prevent their movement. The leaders also appealed for the creation of a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem, based on a long-standing proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian…

Vatican to release report on U.S. women religious Dec. 16

The final report of a five-year, Vatican-ordered study of communities of women religious in the United States will be released by the Vatican Dec. 16. The top two officials of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and three leaders of women’s congregations were to take part in the presentation,…

Millions could benefit from Obama’s new immigration policies

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service The meeting room in the middle of Maryland’s most immigrant-dense ZIP code Nov. 20 was full of people who epitomize the problems President Barack Obama is trying to address with executive action. Families with roots in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala — some with U.S. citizen children, some with…

‘Ignite’ events seek to fire up youth about faith

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor On a blustery Sunday night, about 50 youth from central Minnesota slipped on their coats and gloves and headed to Holy Family School in Sauk Centre. Friendly teenagers greeted them at the door, directing them to locations for volleyball, basketball and board games. Lively chatter filled the hallways and overflowed…