A child receives ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass March 1 in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Lent: 40 days of prayer, fasting, almsgiving to ‘jump-start’ one’s faith

Posted by - March 3, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, is often viewed as a time to give up something and go without meat on Fridays. But a glance at almost any Catholic parish bulletin during Lent will reveal that a lot is more going on during this time with increased opportunities for prayer, confession, Stations

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The bollard steel border fence splits the U.S. from Mexico in this view east of central Nogales, Ariz., Feb. 19. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Trump administration announces wide-ranging immigration guidelines

Posted by - February 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In two memos published Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that White House officials said would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the country as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the U.S. In a Feb. 21 news briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the guidelines

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Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in Paul VI hall Feb. 15 at the Vatican. Also pictured is Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household.(CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA)

Even in dark times, never lose hope in God’s love, pope says

Posted by - February 19, 2017

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loves them even at their worst, Pope Francis said. God’s love provides “security” both in difficult moments and even when “I have done something terrible and evil,” the pope said Feb. 15 during

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Fr. Maurizio Gronchi, professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome, speaks at the presentation of a book by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia," at the Vatican Feb. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Vatican canon law official explains provisions of ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Posted by - February 19, 2017

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The provisions of “Amoris Laetitia” allow people in irregular marriage situations access to the sacraments only if they recognize their situation is sinful and desire to change it, according to the cardinal who heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. The fact that such a

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Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, is pictured in a 2000 photo. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra, Portugal, formally closed the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness Feb. 13 in the Carmelite convent of St. Teresa in Coimbra, where she resided until her death in 2005 at the age of 97. (CNS photo/Paulo Carrico, EPA)

Diocesan phase of Fatima visionary’s sainthood cause completed

Posted by - February 19, 2017

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra formally closed the local phase of investigation into her

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Taking Care: Health charter goes beyond patient-doctor to whole world

Posted by - February 19, 2017

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When updating the Catholic Church’s medical and bioethical charter, experts decided it wasn’t enough to aim the guidelines at health care professionals. The entire “ecosystem” encompassing medical workers, patients, the sick and vulnerable had to be addressed, said the head of the drafting committee. Everything

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Pope Francis greets a nun during his general audience in Paul VI hall Feb. 15 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

People with mental health issues often seek out faith leaders for help

Posted by - February 19, 2017

By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — Religious leaders are the “trusted soldiers” people turn to when dealing with mental health issues, and their ability to identify God’s presence in people’s lives gives hope and strength to hurting members of the community, according to speakers at a Mental Health Summit for faith

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Thomas Burnford, president of the National Catholic Educational Association, is pictured in a 2014 photo. The Trump administration's apparent endorsement of parental school choice could present a "huge opportunity" for Catholic school parents, Burnford told a group of Catholic high school teachers Feb. 3 in San Francisco. (CNS photo/courtesy NCEA)

NCEA leader says school choice support can help Catholic parents

Posted by - February 19, 2017

By Valerie Schmalz Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic school parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association told a group of Catholic high school teachers in San Francisco. “This could be a huge opportunity for parents

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