Packed Mass sends message faith can empower community to combat violence

MILWAUKEE (CNS) — Witness to the power of prayer was in evidence as nearly 600 people gathered for a concelebrated Mass for peace at a Milwaukee Catholic church in an area of the city that has been ravaged by violence. Capuchin Father Michael Bertram, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, termed it a “celebration…

Archbishop: Church must take action to help end racism, promote justice

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops join with other religious leaders and civic leaders “in pledging to work for healing and reconciliation” after a series of racial conflicts “that have taken place around our beloved country,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky. The archbishop, who is the president of the U.S. Conference…

Partners in need of prayer

With political unrest and disease taking their toll in Homa Bay and Maracay, central Minnesota Catholics are being asked to pray By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Prayer is a pillar of any global solidarity partnership, and our partners in Maracay, Venezuela and Homa Bay, Kenya need our prayers more than ever. The St. Cloud Mission…

Pontifical council to consider challenges women face in society, church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Violence against women, cultural pressures regarding women’s physical appearance, attitudes that subjugate women or that ignore male-female differences and the growing alienation of women from the church in some parts of the world are themes the Pontifical Council for Culture is set to explore.The council has chosen to discuss the theme,…

Healing and hope: Newtown’s Catholic parish two years after shooting

(CNA News)Newtown, Conn. – It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where nine of his littlest parishioners lost their lives, along with 11 of their schoolmates and six staff members. And although the healing process is far from over, there have been some…