Campers pray in the chapel in early July during the Quo Vadis Camp at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y. Seventy-six teenagers from the New York dioceses of Rockville Centre and Brooklyn attended the camp, which provided an opportunity for participants to have fun and deepen their faith while encouraging them to be open to God's call to the priesthood or religious life. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

Don’t wait to be perfect to answer vocational call, pope says

Posted by - December 9, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage should not be afraid because God wants only for them to experience the joy that comes from serving others, Pope Francis said. “Our slowness and our sloth” should not delay a response and Christians need not be “fearful

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U.S. President Donald Trump places a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 22. Following reports that Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Posted by - December 9, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. Pope Francis said he could not “keep silent about my deep concern” for Jerusalem and urged respect for “the status

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Gunmen kill retired Philippine priest known for social activism

Posted by - December 9, 2017

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Gunmen killed a 72-year-old Catholic priest on the main Philippine island of Luzon Dec. 4, a day after police killed a pastor they tagged as a member of the communist New People’s Army. Ucanews.com reported that unidentified men shot dead Father Marcelito Paez around 8 p.m. while he was driving in

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People stand near an Advent wreath in 2016 outside St. Stephen Basilica in Budapest, Hungary. Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God's path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Balazs Mohai, EPA)

Advent is time to identify sin, help the poor, see beauty, pope says

Posted by - December 9, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis told

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People sing carols during midnight Mass on Christmas in 2014 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. A newsletter issued in February by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship reminded Catholics that they have the obligation to attend Mass on the fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 24, and on Monday, Dec. 25, which is Christmas. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

Posted by - December 9, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again. The U.S. bishops already saw this coming at the beginning of the year and

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Nuns attend Pope Francis' meeting with priests, religious and seminarians at the Church of the Holy Rosary in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Harmony must begin within church, pope says in Bangladesh

Posted by - December 9, 2017

DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNS) — Devoting his last day in Bangladesh to the nation’s tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis told clergy and religious that there was no way they could promote interreligious harmony in the country if their communities were marked by gossip, division and bitterness. “There are many enemies of harmony,” the pope told priests,

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People wave the flags of Myanmar and the Vatican as they wait for Pope Francis' arrival to celebrate Mass at Kyaikkasan sports ground in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Jesus maps the path to peace, reconciliation, pope says

Posted by - December 3, 2017

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — Jesus’ love “is like a spiritual GPS” that guides people past the everyday obstacles of fear and pride and allows them to find their way to a relationship with God and with their neighbors, Pope Francis said. Christ’s message of “forgiveness and mercy uses a logic that not all will want

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Priests attend Mass Nov. 9 with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston in the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston during the third National Assembly of Filipino Priests. Cardinal DiNardo is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)

Filipino priests called to walk with fellow immigrant Catholics

Posted by - December 3, 2017

HOUSTON (CNS) — Part reunion, part crash course in Catholic teaching and navigating the current political climate both in the U.S. and back home in the Philippines, and part celebration of all things Texas, a national assembly for Filipino priests brought faith and culture full circle in Houston. Hosted by a local organizing committee, the

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