Members of the National Association of Priest Pilots meet at one of the priests' airplanes July 13 before leaving Charleston, N.C., after their recent meeting. They are Fathers Phil Gibbs, Jack Paisley and John Herzog. (CNS photo/courtesy National Association of Priest Pilots)

Priest pilots find inspiration, friends in the heavens

Posted by - August 13, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) — Father Allen Corrigan likes to say that he first started flying an airplane in elementary school. When the priest from the Cleveland Diocese was in the third grade at Catholic school, he would “fly his desk,” drawing the controls of an imaginary cockpit on the surface and pretending to fly during

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Israeli archaeologists think they found lost Roman city of Julias

Posted by - August 13, 2017

JERUSALEM (CNS) — After decades of searching, Israeli archaeologists working on the shores of the Sea of Galilee believe they have uncovered the lost Roman city of Julias, home of the apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip. Mordechai Aviam, head of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret Academic College, said in a press statement

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his weekly audience in Paul VI hall Aug. 2 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Christians are oriented toward light, hope, pope says at audience

Posted by - August 4, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The ancient practice of orienting church buildings East to West — with the entrance facing West and the altar toward the East — was symbolic of the connection that exists between light and hope, Pope Francis said. “What does it mean to be a Christian? It means looking toward the light,

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Leonard DiVittorio of the New York borough of Queens poses for a photo July 23 outside the Basilica of Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupre in Quebec. DiVittorio has been organizing the Ahearn Memorial Pilgrimage to the basilica. (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)

Americans end pilgrimage to Canadian shrine after 95 years

Posted by - August 4, 2017

STE.-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, Quebec (CNS) — Leonardo DiVittorio approached the statue of St. Anne. As part of the opening ceremony of the feast of the grandmother of Jesus July 25, he laid a wreath of flowers, a symbolic gesture intended to mark the Ahearn Memorial Pilgrimage’s 95th and last visit at the Basilica of Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupre. His face

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The solar eclipse of Aug. 21 is the first to cross the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. About 12.2 million people live in the path of totality and millions more are expected to travel into it to view the rare event. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

Upcoming eclipse a sign of end times? Hardly so, Wisconsin priest says

Posted by - August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The word from some quarters is that the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is a harbinger of the end times, but one Wisconsin priest hardly thinks so. Father James Kurzynski, an amateur astronomer, said the cross-country eclipse is an opportunity to reflect on humanity’s relationship to creation and build stronger bonds with

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Young Japanese women take a selfie in Tokyo Jan. 9. Catholic Asian Youth Day is set for Aug. 2-6 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (CNS photo/Kiyoshi Ota, EPA)

Asian Youth Day kicks off in Indonesia with days in diocese

Posted by - August 4, 2017

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (CNS) — More than 2,000 young people from 21 Asian countries arrived in Indonesia to celebrate Asian Youth Day, which kicked off with the preliminary three-day live-in program beginning July 30. Modeled on World Youth Day’s Days in the Dioceses, the live-in program allows young participants to stay with local Catholic families in

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Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square June 25 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

‘The Line Between Good and Evil Runs Through Each of Our Hearts,’ Says Pope at Angelus

Posted by - July 29, 2017

BY DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV The line between good and evil runs through each of our hearts…. Pope Francis reminded faithful of this in St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday, July 23, 2017, Angelus address at noon as he reflected on yesterday’s Gospel. While admitting that “good and evil cannot be identified with defined territories or

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