Julie Asher, CNS national editor, wins St. Francis de Sales Award

Julie Asher, national editor at Catholic News Service, accepts the St. Francis de Sales Award June 15 during the 2018 Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay, Wis. The St. Francis de Sales Award is the highest honor given by the Catholic Press Association. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

By Catholic News Service

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Julie Asher is the recipient of the 2018 St. Francis de Sales Award from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism” and is the highest honor given by CPA. It was presented during a June 15 luncheon at the Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay.

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 17, 2018: The fruit of walking by faith


The Catholic News Service column, “Speak to Me Lord,” offers reflections on the Sunday Scripture readings. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

June 17,  Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle B
1) Ez 17:22-24
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16
2) 2 Cor 5:6-10
Gospel: Mk 4:26-34

By Jem Sullivan
Catholic News Service

Faith works wonders. To walk by faith, and not by sight, is one of the greatest challenges and joys of the spiritual life. This is the invitation to all in this Sunday’s Scripture readings.

The saints show us how to grow in faith in the daily circumstances of life. Holy men and women, known and hidden, have over the centuries witnessed to the power of walking by faith. Take the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose feast day the church celebrates this coming week. Continue reading

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Yo-Yo Ma holds concert for peace at Chicago Catholic Church

Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned cellist, acknowledges the audience during the Concert for Peace at St. Sabina Church in Chicago June 10. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)

By Joyce Duriga 
Catholic News Service

CHICAGO (CNS) — When world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Concert for Peace to St. Sabina Church for the second time June 10, there was a special feature — five original works written with family members who lost loved ones to gun violence as a tribute to the people who died.

They are among 24 original songs created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute and Purpose Over Pain, a St. Sabina organization of parents who have lost a child to gun violence. All songs are available at notesforpeace.org.

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Most fundamental human right is hope, pope says

Laborers near Dharamsala, India, work on an electric pole Feb. 17, 2017. (CNS photo/Sanjay Baid, EPA)

By Carol Glatz 
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The theory that well-being will automatically flow down to everyone from the riches of the few is “a lie,” Pope Francis said.

The beatitudes show the way, he said, because they show that holiness doesn’t concern just the soul, “but also the feet — for going toward our brothers and sisters, and the hands — for sharing with them.”

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Bishops’ pastoral letter on racism on track for November vote

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, La., speaks June 14 during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual spring assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Dennis Sadowski 
Catholic News Service

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CNS) — A planned pastoral letter addressing racism is on schedule for a November vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Sheldon J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, chairman of the bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee on Racism, said during the bishops’ spring general assembly June 14 that the document would reflect recommendations from the various audiences that have reviewed drafts of the document.

The bishop said the document will focus on contemporary concerns affecting Native Americans and African-Americans and the “targeting” of Hispanics with racist language and actions.

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In light of faith: Dignity

(A series of columns focused on and written by millennials and young adults)


John Ruggiero (CNS photo/courtesy John Ruggiero)

By John Ruggiero
Catholic News Service

Christian or Muslim. Pro-life or pro-choice. Liberal or conservative. One of us or one of them.

The list of the familiar dichotomies that divide us and change the way we think about ourselves and other people goes on endlessly — often to the point that I fear we cease to remember that we are all, in fact, people.

For that very reason, I have long believed that the greatest poverty in this world is a lack of recognition of our own dignity and that of those around us. Continue reading

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Bishops adopt ‘pastoral response’ for Asian, Pacific Island Catholics

By Dennis Sadowski 
Catholic News Service

Asian and Pacific Island pilgrims gather at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington in 2017 for the annual Marian pilgrimage. (CNS photo/Rhina Guidos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CNS) — A new document focused on guiding the American church in addressing the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics was approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during their annual spring assembly.

Adopted 187-2 with two abstentions, “Encountering Christ in Harmony” is described as a “pastoral response” meant to provide support and to offer ideas for ministry to the nation’s nearly 3 million Asian and Pacific Island Catholics.

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