Blood drives abound at 14 parishes in July

Beginning this weekend, at least four parishes are hosting blood drives surrounding morning Mass times each Sunday throughout July.

Chicago woman’s healing is miracle in Cardinal Newman’s sainthood cause

CHICAGO (CNS) — A few prayers to Blessed John Henry Newman became a “constant dialogue” and then a desperate response to an emergency for Melissa Villalobos of Chicago.

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.

Ecumenical goal is unity, not leveling differences, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the end of Mass on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis and Orthodox Archbishop Job of Telmessos walked down the stairs under the main altar in St. Peter’s Basilica and prayed together at the apostle’s tomb.

Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill ends 63-year-ministry in Diocese of Phoenix

The Diocese of Phoenix has 134 religious sisters in about 30 communities serving within its boundaries.

Archbishop’s remains moved to Peoria; sainthood cause is reopened

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) — As a small group of witnesses silently looked on, the mortal remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were interred at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria late in the afternoon of June 27, completing a transfer from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York that began early that morning.

People not politics: Pro-life groups unite to send aid to the border

More than 40 different pro-life groups have supported the border drive already this week. Legal aid to reunite children with their families is still a huge unmet need.

Greek Orthodox, Catholic leaders look at goodwill Churches share

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic and Greek Orthodox clergy hope to continue on a path of collaboration between their two Churches with the momentum from the June 22 enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

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.