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Pope Francis advances sainthood causes

Pope Francis advances sainthood causes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis issued decrees advancing the sainthood cause of four candidates, including a widowed mother of nine from Mexico, who founded groups for laypeople as well as...

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Pope Francis advances sainthood causes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis issued decrees advancing the sainthood cause of four candidates, including a widowed mother of nine from Mexico, who founded groups for laypeople as well as...

Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots

BEIRUT — When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father's collection of thousands of Syriac...

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?': Bring tissues

NEW YORK — First off, to answer everyone’s question about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus), the cheerful and reverent documentary about Fred Rogers, creator and...

Bishop David Zubik

Sunday will never be the same again

June is a month of endings and beginnings.Many people marry in June. It’s the beginning of a new life together, of building a home and filling it with love. Yet this requires husband...

Bishop Zubik answers On Mission questions

On April 12, 2015, Bishop David Zubik launched On Mission for The Church Alive! with a year of prayer and study. It continued with extensive consultation, open to all Catholics in the Diocese of...

'What are you DOING for Lent?'

“What are you DOING for Lent??”In a much earlier time in my life, the Mondays and Tuesdays before Ash Wednesday were filled with that...

Christmas: One lasting word

No doubt. The decorations are down. Ornaments carefully packed. Boxes stored until December. Memories of Christmas 2017 are nestled in the heart.As we have once again focused on the real...

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Father Bober

God reaches out to us through others

QUESTION: At times I find myself deeply troubled about my faith in God. For example, when I see such bloodshed in our streets day after day, I wonder if God really cares. Why won’t...

Couples living together before marriage

QUESTION: I am living with my boyfriend and we want to be married in the Catholic Church. Before contacting the local priest, I wanted to know in general how the Catholic Church feels about...

We appreciate the origins of our faith

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the Catholic Church does not prefer the term “Old” Testament. I wonder if that is true and, if so, why? ANSWER:...

The Lord invites us to his feast

QUESTION: Anytime I am with a group of Catholics, I find such a wide variety of beliefs among them. Today, it seems that Catholics pick and choose what teachings of the church they will...

The altar is a symbol of Christ

QUESTION: My children have asked why the priest and deacon kiss the altar at the beginning of Mass. I thought it had something to do with relics of the saints in the altar, but was not...

No such thing as harmless gossip

QUESTION: I wonder where the line is between gossip and just talking things out with a friend or neighbor? ANSWER: “Just talking things out” can be a...

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