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World Mission Sunday isn’t canceled because of COVID-19, officials say

The collection taken up in parishes around the globe on World Mission Sunday is "as unique as it is rare" because offerings are made by Catholics in the richest and poorest nations, a Vatican official said.

Hate speech, rowdy convoys: Minority Armenians in Turkey feel targeted

Turkey's Armenian community says it is increasingly fearful about the reemergence of anti-Armenian sentiment in the country as conflict rages in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Adoptive mom draws on personal experience in leadership role at Guiding Star Wakota

Renee Skidmore knows what it’s like to be young, pregnant and scared.

With this year bringing one bind after another, sister paints icon of Mary, Undoer of Knots

In a year when a pandemic has entangled lives across the globe, Presentation Sister Carrie Link painted an icon that may help Catholics straighten them out. The icon — and a devotion — is called Mary, Undoer of Knots.

At Alberta meat plant, COVID-19 put Catholic social teaching into action

The largest single outbreak of COVID-19 in North America may be one of the biggest lessons in the Catholic social principles of sacrifice, the value of work, care for the common good, and solidarity.

Vatican reaffirms, clarifies Church teachings on end-of-life care

With the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia in many countries, and questions concerning what is morally permissible regarding end-of-life care, the Vatican's doctrinal office released a 25-page letter offering "a moral and practical clarification" on the care of vulnerable patients.

The new encyclical’s formidable challenge

The social encyclical Pope Francis released in October extends a formidable challenge to us all, the challenge to create "a different culture." What kind of culture? It is the kind where people who basically are indifferent toward each other and deeply divided resolve their conflicts and begin to "care for one another" (No. 57).

‘Fratelli Tutti’: Being a good neighbor

Pope Francis, in his new encyclical "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," explores what it means to be a good neighbor. Reflecting on the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the pope explains the importance of caring for others to build healthy relationships within families and communities, and then in our cities, nations and world.

The fruits of the Holy Spirit

In the reception of the sacrament of confirmation, the person receives the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, wisdom and understanding, counsel and strength (fortitude), knowledge and fear of the Lord (Is 11:2), and piety. These gifts are not to sit idle or be kept in storage. Rather, they are to be put to good use so they will bear much fruit.

Parish’s relic collection offers prayerful connection to Christ and saints

After Bob Berendt retired from teaching high school English, one of his missions during the 1970s and 80s was tracking down saints — acquiring bits of their bones, teeth, hair and other relics for his parish, Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul.