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The heir to the British throne spoke of how he was deeply moved by the testimony of an Iraqi sister who fled Islamic State militants but has returned to the Ninevah Plain to help re-establish the Christian presence. more
Leading thousands of pilgrims in prayer, Pope Francis lit a candle in remembrance of the people of Syria, especially innocent children tormented by the country’s eight-year conflict. more
Christians can turn Christmas into a “pagan” or “mundane” holiday by focusing on the gifts and the tree rather than on the birth of Jesus and His promise to come again, Pope Francis said. more
I was a junior in college when one of the worst prison riots in the United States took place near Buffalo. For four days, 2,200 inmates took control of the Attica Correctional Facility. They held 42 … more
It is not easy living with cancer, but there is always some kind of victory that awaits each person on the horizon, Pope Francis told young oncology patients from Poland. more
To hear the voices of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Michigan in Washington, D.C., the best bet was to listen to them sing at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse outside the White House late Nov. 28. more
As the Christmas season draws near, the Vatican postal service prepared a unique set of commemorative stamps designed by a talented, yet unlikely, artist: a prisoner serving a life sentence. more
People would be wise to think about Judgment Day and wonder what God will see when he examines their lives, Pope Francis said. more
The archbishop who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities cheered news that the abortion rate in the United States continues to shrink, as does the number of abortions overall. more
A couple of months ago, I was on my annual retreat in Chicago at Mundelein Seminary. There were about 70 priests together on this silent, self-directed time to rest and pray. The only conversation we … more
The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Peekskill installed their new leadership team at a Mass offered in St. Margaret of Cortona Chapel at Mount St. Francis in Peekskill Aug. 24. more
Pope Francis named U.S. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago to be part of the organizing committee preparing for a meeting of the world’s bishops’ conferences and representatives of religious orders to address the abuse and protection of minors. more
The article in the Nov. 8 issue titled “Timely Conference on Care for Creation” left me confused and disappointed. The daylong conference sponsored by the Metro New York Catholic Climate … more
I was very excited to read about the conference on Care for Creation (CNY, Editor’s Report, Nov. 8). I also was inspired by Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si.” I have always been concerned about … more
I continue to follow with interest Cardinal Dolan’s sensible and timely advice on Catholic traditions that surround death, dying, mourning, funerals, burial and prayers for the dead (“Now and at … more
Sister Catherine Howard, O.P., who served as president of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt for six years, died Nov. 9 at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack. She was 67. She was president of … more
Sister Barbara Ann Walenty, M.M., who served for many years in nursing, died Oct. 24 at Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining. She was 90. Most recently, she did family ministry and pastoral work … more
Msgr. Vincent Bartley, pastor of St. Paul’s on Staten Island for 14 years, died Nov. 6 in Ireland. He was 85. Msgr. Bartley served at St. Paul, 1993-2007. He retired in 2008, and served as a … more
Sister Rhea Bean, R.S.M., a former president of St. Catharine Academy in the Bronx, died Sept. 26 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She was 79. Sister Rhea served as acting principal and president … more
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