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Selfish, materialistic lifestyles help fuel poverty, pope says in message

Poverty is the result of people's selfishness; it is not "fate" or the fault of the poor, Pope Francis said.

New solar energy project in Brooklyn Diocese is response to ‘Laudato Si”

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn cut the ceremonial ribbon June 10 for a solar-energy project launched to answer Pope Francis' "urgent challenge" to battle climate change and "protect our common home."

Come back to Mass!

The past fifteen months have been a time of crisis and deep challenge for our country, and they have been a particular trial for the Catholics. During this terrible COVID period, many of us have been compelled to fast from attendance at Mass and the reception of the Eucharist. To be sure, numerous Masses and Eucharistic para-liturgies have been made available online, and thank God for these.

The stories we tell, the lessons we learn

When I have reunions with my brothers and sisters, at some point we start telling stories about growing up. Invariably, we will remember events, good and bad, from different perspectives. We each tell the same story slightly differently. In the retelling, we sometimes get a fuller picture of what happened. Or we realize that as children, we didn't fully understand at the time what was taking place.

St. Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor of the Church

St. Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195. His baptismal name was Ferdinand, and he was a member of the prominent Bouillon or Buglione family.

Texas city’s ordinance creating ‘Sanctuary for the Unborn’ takes effect

After a federal court dismissed Planned Parenthood's challenge to a Lubbock ordinance that declares the city a "Sanctuary for the Unborn," a lawyer with the Chicago-based Thomas More Society said he believes these sanctuary cities have solid footing in Texas law.

Harris’ Central America agenda features longtime concerns for the church

During her first foreign trip to Latin America as U.S. vice president June 7 and 8, Kamala Harris took on a topic that has long been on the mind of the Catholic Church in the Americas: alleviating the problems that force Central Americans, in particular, to leave their homelands and take part in a perilous journey north.

Cardinal Marx surprised by pope’s decision to not accept his resignation

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that following Pope Francis' refusal to accept his resignation, he would "not simply return to business as usual" because it would not be the right path for him personally or for the archdiocese.

Ex-principal pleads guilty to stealing over $835,000 from Catholic school

Federal prosecutors filed charges June 8 against a now-retired woman religious who has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and money laundering for stealing over $835,000 in funds from a Catholic elementary school in Torrance, California, where she had been the principal.

New Catechetical Institute course aims to make ‘activated disciples’

Catholic speaker and Bible teacher Jeff Cavins, founder of the Great Adventure Bible Study Series, recently joined “Practicing Catholic” host Patrick Conley to discuss the Catechetical Institute’s new School of Discipleship course.