Fr. Jason Granado

Fr. Jason Granado

An usher uses a collection basket during Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral in Newark, N.J., March 1, 2017. Together with "the often bitter medicine of the truth," the church, as mother and teacher, offers people "the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting," Pope Francis said in his message for Lent, which begins Feb. 14 for Latin-rite Catholics. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, pope says

Posted by - February 11, 2018
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold,…
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Father Jaime Hernandez, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Clinton, Md., who lost his leg at age 11 in El Salvador's civil war, gestures as he sits on a stool while delivering the homily during Mass. Catholic priests must deliver good homilies so the "good news" of the Gospel can take root in people's hearts and help them live holier lives, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Homilies must help people reflect, not nap, pope says

Posted by - February 11, 2018
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic priests must deliver good homilies so the “good news” of the Gospel can take root in people’s hearts and help them live holier lives, Pope…
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass with consecrated women and men marking the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day for Consecrated Life in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 2. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Pope to religious: Your hearts must be open 24-7

Posted by - February 11, 2018
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lift up your eyes from your smartphones and see your brothers and sisters, those who share your journey of faith and those who are longing for…
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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, president of the German bishops' conference, celebrates Mass in 2017 during the opening of the annual meeting of Germany's bishops at the cathedral in Cologne. (CNS photo/Sascha Steinbach, EPA)

German cardinal urges pastoral care, but not ‘blessing’ of gay couples

Posted by - February 11, 2018
ROME (CNS) — The president of the German bishops’ conference urged priests to provide better pastoral care to Catholics who are homosexual, but he said, “I think that would not…
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Park Jong-ah of the Korean unified women's ice hockey team celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly match against Sweden Feb. 4 in Incheon, South Korea. The presence of a unified delegation and team for North and South Korea at this year's Olympic Games gives people hope for a world dedicated to peace through dialogue and respect, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Yonhap, EPA)

Pope says unified Korean team at Olympics offers hope for peace

Posted by - February 11, 2018
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The presence of a unified delegation and team for North and South Korea at this year’s Olympic Games gives people hope for a world dedicated to…
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Dr. Catherine Crosland, director of homeless outreach development for Unity Health Care Inc., holds up a flu vaccine container before she gives a homeless woman a flu shot Feb. 1 at Catholic Charities' Adam's Place homeless shelter in Washington. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Major flu outbreak prompts dioceses to implement prevention protocols

Posted by - February 11, 2018
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The nationwide flu outbreak has prompted dioceses to take steps to suspend traditional rituals to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible. From encouraging…
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