Stephen Colbert, in interview, discusses faith, joy and humor

WASHINGTON (CNS) -– Stephen Colbert, who took over Sept. 8 as host of CBS’ “Late Night” program, said in an interview for Canada’s Salt + Light Television that his “Colbert Report” character was intended to be a “well­-intentioned, poorly informed, high-­status idiot.” “I would say he’s a fool. And though Christ says, “Call no man…

Cardinal Dolan, other speakers urge Catholic teens to live faith openly

JAMAICA, N.Y. (CNS) — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other speakers at a Steubenville Youth Conference inspired 1,800 Catholic teenagers to live their faith openly. The conference was held Aug. 7-9 at St. John’s University in the Jamaica section of the New York borough of Queens. For Mass Aug. 8, about 50…

Holding dialogue on solving hunger would benefit world, says priest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — If, as Pope Francis said in October, “synod” means walking together, then dialogue is “the short answer of ‘how to walk with,’” said a Vatican official speaking Nov. 5 in St. Paul. “When we share a common commitment to conversation, to dialogue, we put ourselves in the service of truth,”…

Senator: Even in new Congress, some policies can get bipartisan backing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Less than a day after a stinging defeat that saw her party lose control of the Senate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, could still find policy priorities she thinks she can work jointly with Republicans when they take control of the Senate in 2015. Among them are subjects that have eluded…

Cardinal Turkson discusses meaning of ‘vocation to agriculture’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Catholics, and not just farmers, should consider “what could be the meaning of a vocation to agriculture,” said the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. In remarks prepared for delivery Nov. 5 as part of a conference in St. Paul called “Faith, Food & the Environment: The…

Mother of James Foley says faith, people’s prayers kept her son strong

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Prayers from around the world and an unwavering faith in God have continued to provide a strong foundation for John and Diane Foley after their son, journalist James Foley, was murdered in Syria by Islamic state militants Aug. 19. “It’s faith in God that’s kept me together,” Diane said in an interview…

Refurbished cathedral shines at festive Mass

By Bob Zyskowski Julie Majette said that when you came to St. Mary’s Cathedral every week for Mass, you didn’t give much thought to some of issues that needed attention. “It was getting so rundown, but you really didn’t notice,” Majette said. “I don’t think any of us realized the beauty that was hidden.” That…