Parents hope faithful see education as investment to make ‘Together’

Arizona’s students spend 180 days in the classroom. For private school parents, financing their ticket in, so to speak, can feel like a 365-day affair.

Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of Christmas

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Only when Christ is the focus of the Christmas season do all the colorful lights, carols, special meals and traditions help create a festive and joyous atmosphere, Pope Francis said.

Café ‘Especial’ benefiting Catholic Charities hits secular shelves

It's a good day for coffee lovers. A new specialty ground coffee is available with proceeds benefiting Catholic Charities.

Local Catholics celebrate pope’s U.S. visit in spirit, service

Pope Francis was thousands of miles away during his inaugural visit to the U.S., but he stayed close to the hearts of area Catholics.

The miracle that led ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ to convert to Catholicism

LOS ANGELES (Church Pop) — Sir Alec Guinness is one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century. While he appeared in lots of films over the years and won many awards, he is best known as having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.

Civil disobedience arrests punctuate immigration reform rally, march

At least eight members of Congress were among 200 people arrested in an act of civil disobedience Oct. 8, at the conclusion of a rally and march in support of comprehensive immigration reform at the National Mall.

Indian church leader welcomes Obama remarks on religious freedom

An Indian Catholic leader welcomed the parting message of U.S. President Barack Obama, who reiterated freedom of religion as a fundamental right.

Advent is time to identify sin, help the poor, see beauty, pope says

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (CNS) — Belief in that iconic Christmas figure, the rotund merry man with a bag full of presents, inspires thousands of children to write letters addressed to “Santa Claus” each year.

Vatican’s U.N. observer stresses need to eradicate world hunger

Finding a solution to the "ongoing scandal" of worldwide hunger should be a top priority, said the Vatican's representative to the United Nations.

Bishops discuss upcoming encyclical, pope’s visit, top priorities

The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on an array of topics and discussions of top priorities.