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Knights Name Dutchess County Family of 9 Family of the Year

Ryan and Elizabeth Young and their seven children were honored for what they do every day. Parishioners of St. Martin de Porres in Poughkeepsie, they were named the International Family of the … more

Ukrainian Major Archbishop Celebrates Divine Liturgy in Sloatsburg

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk discussed the greatest gifts of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in his homily to several thousand Ukrainian Catholics during the Divine Liturgy at the 64th … more

Summer Program Guides Young People Into Call to Service

At the Catholic Charities Kennedy Center in Harlem, high schoolers participated in a pilot project called Revolution of Change, a summer service program sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Youth … more

CNEWA Sends Emergency Aid to Ethiopia

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) hurried $40,000 in emergency aid to south central Ethiopia to assist more than 4,000 people running from interethnic violence in the region. more

Federal Judge Orders Administration to Restore DACA

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. Aug. 3 ordered the Trump administration to restore a program that helped young adults brought into the country illegally as minors, saying reasons calling for its demise were not justified. more

HHS Urged to Reissue Rules to Enforce Required Notice on Abortion Coverage

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must issue new regulations to enforce a requirement that consumers be notified if a subsidized health plan offered under the Affordable Care Act covers elective abortion and informed they must pay an extra amount for the plan’s abortion coverage. more

Vatican Wants Accountability for Abusers, Those Who Protected Them

In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being “criminal and morally reprehensible.” more

Fear, Uncertainty Lead to a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Religion, Pope Says

Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said. more

Pope Prays Blessed Paul VI Will Intercede for ‘Church He Loved So Much’

On the 40th anniversary of the death of Blessed Paul VI, Pope Francis went into the grotto under St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at his predecessor’s simple tomb. more

Knights Urged to Join in Novena for Legal Protection of Human Life

Motivated by the upcoming change on the Supreme Court, the Knights of Columbus is urging its members and all Catholics to join in a novena to pray for the protection of human life in the law. more

Seattle Catholics Celebrate Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary

The Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, turned 50 this year, with this year’s games held in Seattle. more

Archbishop, Attorney General Address Religious Liberty at Department of Justice Conference

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., gave three reasons why religious freedom is important to the Catholic Church in a speech July 30 at a conference on the issue at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. more

Thornwood Native Is First American-born Syro-Malabar Priest Ordained in U.S.

Father Kevin Mundackal made history in May as the first American-born Syro-Malabar priest ordained in the United States. Ordained for the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on May … more

USCCB President Says Church Must Address Its Leaders’ ‘Moral Failures of Judgment’

Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick “will rightly face” a Vatican canonical process regarding sexual abuse allegations against him, but the U.S. Catholic Church must take steps to respond to Church … more

Pope Revises Catechism to Say Death Penalty Is ‘Inadmissible’

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is … more

Events of 9/11 Put Successful Broadcast Journalist on Path to Diaconate

Greg Kandra was a good-enough Catholic, observant and Mass-going, although he admits his wife was by comparison the real lion of the faith as they attended Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish in Forest Hills, Queens. more

Idolatry of Wealth, Beauty Demands a Costly Sacrifice, Pope Says

Idolatry is a human inclination that spares neither believers nor atheists and deprives people of life and love in exchange for slavery to unfulfilled dreams, Pope Francis said. more

Help Those in Need, Never Waste Food, Pope Says

Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never... more

World Needs Leaders Who Are Just, Compassionate, Merciful, Pope Says

The world needs leaders who can “put into practice a more just way for all of us to live in this world as sharers in a common destiny,” Pope Francis said. more

Cardinal Calls ‘Timeless Truths’ in ‘Humanae Vitae’ a Gift to Church

Fifty years ago in issuing his encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” Blessed Paul VI “reaffirmed the beautiful truth that a husband and wife are called to give themselves completely to each other,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. more
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