While awaiting basic medical treatment, three Iraqi retirees recalled celebrating everything together before the Islamic State seized control of Qaraqosh in August 2014, driving out some 50,000 Christians.

Offering a Christian funeral and burial to those who would otherwise never have one is among the corporal works of mercy, but arguably the one least spoken of.

A growing group of moms is finding solidarity with mothers who expereince the same roller coaster of emotions as their children further discern or live a religious vocation.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After consultation with the governing council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis named Msgr. Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the ordinariate, which serves former Anglicans in the United States and Canada living in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Fellowship, food drives, fellowship, airports and massive meals are traditional parts of the Thanksgiving weekend, but student bowling added a new twist.

Both inspirational and colorful, the annual “Blue Mass” at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral drew dozens of police officers, firefighters and other law enforcement and emergency personnel, both active and retired. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares presided over the Mass of Thanksgiving for All Emergency Personnel on Nov. 5.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Boston cardinal and the Maryland Catholic Conference were among hundreds of faith leaders who called for compassion in addressing the world refugee crisis and stressed the importance of developing a national immigration policy based on humanitarian need.

The pope also asked people to pray for his first visit to Africa, Nov. 25-30, that it be "a sign of closeness and love."

Phoenix are focusing on what it means for the faithful and how the year will be celebrated. The pope has asked that all dioceses around the world designate a “Door of Mercy” at their cathedral or another special church or shrine, and that every diocese implement the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative on the Friday and Saturday before the fourth week of Lent.

Those already in religious life are almost always are part of communities who follow a canonized saint, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said during an All Saints Day vocations celebration.


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