Category Archives: U.S.

A month after historic flood, Michigan Catholics still stepping up to help

By Gabriella Patti  Catholic News Service MIDLAND, Mich. (CNS) — Midland and the surrounding areas of Sanford and Edenville were already suffering from the effects of COVID-19 when another catastrophe struck May 19. Although the mid-Michigan communities are no strangers … Continue reading

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Advocates call order advancing religious freedom globally a needed action

By Ian Alvano  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump’s executive order on religious freedom issued in early June lays out a strategy for expanding U.S. support for international religious freedom that the U.S. Commission on International Religious … Continue reading

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Inmate lived inspiring Catholic life behind bars, ‘serving God, not time’

By Ed Langlois  Catholic News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — In 1993, 39-year-old nuclear engineer Hal Elkins hit the bottle and fell into a jealous rage. He pocketed a gun and stumbled into a Salem restaurant. There, he shot his … Continue reading

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Maryknoll Father Robert Astorino, founder of UCA News, dies at age 77

By Catholic News Service HONG KONG (CNS) — Maryknoll Father Robert Astorino, founder of the Asian Catholic news agency UCA News and executive director of the agency for 30 years, died June 25 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York. He … Continue reading

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DACA ruling called ‘a beautiful moment’; concern about future remains

By Juan Carlos Ramirez  Catholic News Service PHOENIX (CNS) — For Cinthia Padilla Ortiz, the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the DACA program was “an unexpected and beautiful moment” and left her feeling “that sense of hope in our community.” … Continue reading

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Uncertain times are a call to build a better world, bishop tells police

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service As tensions continue to mount in the United States, law enforcement, police officers and first responders should not be disheartened and work to better themselves in service to their local community, said Bishop … Continue reading

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Priests are on front lines of COVID-19 as they minister to the sick, dying

By Rick Snizek  Catholic News Service PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) — Arriving in the early evening at Fatima Hospital, Father Richard Narciso — his anxiety level already raised due to the circumstances — listened intently as Gloria, the nurse assigned to … Continue reading

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Black Catholic spirituality a force in fight against racism, say pastors

By Gina Christian  Catholic News Service PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Two Black Catholic pastors in Philadelphia say their parishes are drawing strength from the Eucharist, prayer and a rich spiritual heritage in the fight against racism. “St. Katharine Drexel used to … Continue reading

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‘Parish priest on loan to the missions’ ends nine years as CNEWA president

By Dennis Sadowski  Catholic News Service CLEVELAND (CNS) — A recent note from India let Msgr. John E. Kozar know he still brings smiles to people’s faces in faraway lands. It all has to do with howling like a wolf. … Continue reading

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Catholics urged to pray, reflect, act to safeguard religious freedom

By Leslie Miller  Catholic News Service ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — The U.S. bishops are urging Catholics to “pray, reflect and take action” on religious liberty in the United States and abroad during Religious Freedom Week June 22-29. The first day … Continue reading

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