All hymns, all the time: ‘Great Catholic Music’ makes streaming debut

What constitutes "heavy rotation" is 100 or so "songs we've been singing for decades. The program director also embraces publishers approaching him with demos of up-and-coming artists.

‘Dad-vocate’ for Down syndrome children offers powerful pro-life example

Down syndrome babies are being identified, targeted and terminated in a form of prenatal genocide due to prenatal testing.
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‘Chasing the Moon,’ July 8 on PBS

1969 was a key year for NASA with the moon landing. For some perspective, that same year also saw the following emerge: "Sesame Street," PBS, ATMs and the Diocese of Phoenix.

U.S. Ukrainian archbishop: Celebrate America’s blessings, pray for its ‘spiritual’ strength

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia reminded clergy, religious and the faithful what a blessing it is to be an American this Independence Day.

Secrecy of confession must never be violated, Vatican says

"The priest, in fact, comes to know of the sins of the penitent 'non ut homo sed ut Deus' — not as a man, but as God — to the point that he simply 'does not know' what was said in the confessional because he did not listen as a man, but precisely in the name of God," the Vatican document said.

Eastern light: Transitional deacon shares Maronite tradition at Rome seminary

ROME (CNS) — Ancient tones of Syriac chant, columns of incense, ornate oriental vestments and bearded clerics filled the chapel of the Pontifical North American College in early June, creating a rare Middle Eastern atmosphere in the heart of the U.S. Church’s flagship seminary in Rome.

Christian community a place of welcome, solidarity, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To be part of a Christian community is to belong to a group of believers who shun selfishness and give witness to God’s love by loving and caring for one another, Pope Francis said.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit embolden us to stand for Christ

Today, nearly 2,000 years later, we’re still living in the glow of that glorious moment when the Holy Spirit rushed upon the Apostles, emboldening them to carry the Gospel to all nations.

Paris archbishop celebrates first Mass in Notre Dame since fire

The Mass marked the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral's altar.

Bishops affirm diocese’s effort for Michigan grandfather’s sainthood cause

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops, after being consulted about the sainthood cause of a man who, except for service in World War II, spent his life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, gave vocal assent June 12 for the Diocese of Marquette to continue to pursue the cause.