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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Fr. Romil Aperocho, pastor of San Antonio imposed the ashes on the parishioners during Ash Wednesday last year at the beginning of the Lenten Season.

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

Posted by - February 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark. That’s because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite itself draws Catholics to churches in droves even though it is

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Words

Posted by - February 23, 2017

I try to avoid partisan politics in the Along the Way articles, as my goal is present gospel values and Catholic teaching, rather than political ideology of any shade. However, the gospels have specific content that makes demands upon the believer and Catholic teaching is also specific. There are times when the policy of the government or

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Animu!

Posted by - February 23, 2017

Within 30 hours of their plane’s touchdown at Saipan’s airport, the two visitors had met with our Bishop, the Governing Board, staff and volunteers of Karidat, and they had been taken on a driving tour of the island, for a little sightseeing. Phew. And here they were, the two representatives of Catholic Charities USA, ready

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VIII DAMENGGU GI UTDINÅRIU NA TIEMPU

Posted by - February 23, 2017

FINE’NA NA TINAITAI Is 49. 14-15 Un tinaitai ginin i Lepblun i Prufeta as Isaias Ilek-ña si Sion, “Ha yuti’ yu’ esta i Saina; maleffa esta nu guåhu i Saina.” Kåo siña i nana maleffa ni neni-ña, u tåya’ kariñu-ña para i patgun ni ginin i tiyån-ña? Maseha i nana u maleffa, Guåhu ni nungka

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Pillars Of Lenten Observance

Posted by - February 23, 2017

As many of us know, this week we begin the season of Lent. It is a serious time in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. Our Church asks us to do three things during this period: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Prayer: We hear so many people share what they will “give up” for lent. They share

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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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