Pope Francis leads grace before eating lunch with the poor in the Paul VI hall after celebrating Mass marking the first World Day of the Poor at the Vatican Nov. 19. Some 1,200 poor people joined the pope for the meal. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

Posted by - November 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. “What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes,” the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day

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People visit graves Nov. 1 at a cemetery in Brwinow, Poland. On All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day Nov. 1 and 2, cemeteries across the country are crowded with people paying their respects to departed loved ones. (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

Realizing today may be one’s last day changes how one lives, pope says

Posted by - November 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — It is not morbid to start each day understanding that it may be one’s last, Pope Francis said. Death is a reality that will come to everyone — for some as a sudden surprise, for others as an end to an illness — but in every case, Jesus will say, “Come

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After the closing Mass for the National Catholic Youth Conference at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Nov. 18, young people from different dioceses perform a dance they learned during conference. The biennial conference draws some 20,000 Catholic teenagers from across the country.(CNS photo/Natalie Hoefer, The Criterion)

Youth urged to remember they’re ‘beloved children of God, called by name’

Posted by - November 26, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The sound of more than 20,000 teens screaming and singing along with racuous music of Christian hip-hop band TobyMac was loud. The sound of the same number of youths in silent prayer was deafening. These external and internal forms of praise formed bookends to the opening general session of the National Catholic

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A boy in Mexico looks through the border fence at Border Field State Park in San Diego Nov. 18. The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a message for Thanksgiving urged protection for immigrants and refugees. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters)

Update: Protection urged for migrants, refugees, other ‘vulnerable’ groups

Posted by - November 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As the nation made preparations to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed gratitude for “the gift of immigrants and refugees to the country,” but also appealed for their protection. “As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the

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People gather around a robot on display during the Artificial Intelligence Exhibition and Conference in Tokyo June 28. A recent Vatican conference looked at the challenges facing humanity given rapid advancements in neuroscience, genetics in medicine and artificial intelligence. (CNS photo/Christopher Jue, EPA)

Science, humanities must overcome ‘tragic division,’ pope says

Posted by - November 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Science, technology, religion and the humanities need to work together for their mutual benefit and to safeguard humanity, Pope Francis said. A broader, more holistic approach is needed to “overcome the tragic division between ‘two cultures’ — the humanistic-literary-theological and the scientific, which leads to mutual impoverishment, and to encourage greater

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Canossian Sister Geraldine Tan, administrator of St. Joseph's Home and Hospice, smiles as she pushes a patient in her wheelchair in 2010 outside the facility in Singapore. People who are dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and the care of medical professionals, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Stephen Morrison, EPA)

Update: Care for the dying does not mean obstinately resisting death, pope says

Posted by - November 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People who are dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and the care of medical professionals, but there is no requirement that every means available must be used to prolong their lives, Pope Francis said. “Even if we know that we cannot always guarantee healing or a cure,

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Permanent Deacon Candidates to be Installed as Lectors

Posted by - November 26, 2017

Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez will install five deacon candidates to the ministry of Lectors this coming Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St Jude Church at 10:00 AM. According to the Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons, before anyone may be promoted to the diaconate, whether permanent or transitory, he must have received the

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Mount Carmel School’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) teacher, Filmah Buenaflor (left), collaborates with another CSP teacher, Karen Envoy, in developing an Android app at the Mobile CSP Immersion Week held this past summer in Duluth, Minnesota.

Mount Carmel School Knights Develop Apps For US Congressional Challenge

Posted by - November 26, 2017

Students in Mount Carmel School’s Advance Placement Computer Science Principles course recently submitted computer apps to the annual U.S. Congressional App Challenge. Of the 21 entries submitted to the Office of Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan, 12 are from Mount Carmel. The students were led by 2017 Teacher of the Year Filmah Buenaflor, who enrolled

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