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After difficult year, bishop urges priests to build up one another during annual Chrism...

“Beloved sons … are you resolved to renew in the presence of your bishop and God’s holy people, the promises you once made?” asked Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted as the more than 100 priests standing in the pews of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral before him listened, then each answered in unison, “I am.”

Pope makes surprise visit to community for people with Alzheimer’s

ROME (CNS) — Drawing attention to the special needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease, Pope Francis made an afternoon visit to a community of group homes designed to keep residents active and living as normal a life as possible.

Georgetown students vote for student fee to pay reparations over slavery

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Undergraduate students at Jesuit-run Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly April 11 to pay a new student fee that would be for reparations to the descendants of slaves owned and later sold by the school.

BREAKING: Fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

PARIS (CNA) — The Cathedrale Notre-Dame is on fire, according to the Paris fire department. Multiple eyewitnesses shared photos and videos of the cathedral with visible plumes of smoke and flames across the cathedral’s roof.

Helping others is the true goal, pope tells soccer league

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like those who play soccer, people must learn to work together, help one another and race toward a clear goal, Pope Francis said.

Louisiana bishop celebrates special Way of Cross to ‘heal this wound’ of abuse

Each of the 14 stations included a special prayer intention for sexual abuse victims. "Two together are strong but one alone will despair," the bishop said.

Volunteer crew prepares oils to be blessed at chrism Mass in Indianapolis

Their love for the sacramental life of the church and sharing of their time builds up the body of Christ, one priest said.

Marine vet counts on prayer, faith to reunite with deported husband

"I just have to keep telling myself that everything is just part of his plan, and there's a reason why," Elizabeth Perez said.

Embrace the cross, trust God will triumph, pope says on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis walks in procession as he arrives to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April...

Church takes ‘sense’able approach for Holy Week Masses

Whether it's seeing the masses wearing red and holding palm branches outside of church, smelling incense and holy oil or hearing the realistic sounds of Christ being crucified, Holy Week offers plenty for the senses to absorb.