Feast of St. Athanasius

(CNA) — This fourth century bishop is known as “the Father of Orthodoxy” for his absolute dedication to the doctrine of Christ’s divinity.

Fire destroys St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

At 12:08 a.m., Fr. Reggie Carreon received an alert that there was a fire at the church.

Springtime science, religion lesson turns ‘egg’stra real for young learners

The kindergarten and preschool classes at St. John Bosco experience the final weeks of Lent and the early Easter season in a unique way.

National Shrine hosts organ concert to benefit Notre Dame Cathedral

WASHINGTON (CNS) — More than 2,000 people attended an April 26 organ concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington to benefit restoration and rebuilding efforts of Notre Dame de Paris, the famous French cathedral severely damaged in the April 15 fire.

Sri Lanka’s U.N. mission hosts memorial service for victims of attacks

NEW YORK (CNS) — All Sri Lankans “are going through one of the saddest and most devastating periods of our history,” Fr. Nalaka Silva told those gathered at an evening interfaith memorial service April 24 in New York for the victims and all people affected by the Easter terrorist attacks.

CDA supports ministries throughout Northern Deanery

Gain insight on a variety of outreaches Catholics in the northern deanery quietly do behind the scenes thanks in part to monies from the diocesan Charity and Development Appeal.

Sri Lankan police chief resigns over bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNA) — The Sri Lanka chief of police resigned this week after bombings left dead more than 200 Christians on Easter morning. An official at the defense ministry has also stepped down.

The original Image of Divine Mercy: It’s not where you might think

VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNA) — Among Catholic devotions, the Divine Mercy message is well-known: the iconic image of Christ, with rays of red and white pouring from his heart; St. Faustina, called the “Apostle of Divine Mercy;” and the Basilica of Divine Mercy in Kraków, Poland.

Are sacraments conferred by laicized priests, bishops valid?

In light of the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, some Catholics whose children or grandchildren were baptized or confirmed are wondering if the sacraments administered by McCarrick are still valid.

Court says Philadelphia can end faith-based agencies’ foster placements

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled April 22 that the city of Philadelphia can bar Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from placing children in foster care with any family because the Catholic agency upholds traditional marriage.