December 1, 2017  |  By FATHER CLIFF JACOBSON
CHEYENNE, Wyo. As people of faith, we all have a voice to the Lord. In keeping with the great commission of the eleven to “make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28: 19 - 20), those involved in church ministries of all kinds have unique opportunities to use their voices in very profound and impactful ways. How are we using our voices in our ministries? Do we find it difficult to find opportunities to strengthen our voice?
 
September 1, 2017  |  By RHINA GUIDOS, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON. Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late Aug. 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet Aug. 27 that the rainfall expected after the hurricane and storm are over “are beyond anything experienced before.” The hurricane, named Harvey, is said to be the strongest one to hit the United States in more than a decade and perhaps the strongest one to make landfall in Texas.
 

Working for Unity

Bishops form new body to address ‘sin of racism’ that ‘inflicts’ nation
September 1, 2017  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON. Saying there is an “urgent need” to address “the sin of racism” in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country’s African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.
 
September 1, 2017  |  By RHINA GUIDOS, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON. Catholics in Oklahoma have been preparing for a long time for this moment. Many, like Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, had faith it would come, but there’s still a sense of awe, to think that a farm boy, one of their own, is about to take a step toward official sainthood.
 

Violence in Virginia

Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly
August 18, 2017  |  By RHINA GUIDOS, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON.  In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.
 

Convocation 2017

Combination pep rally, retreat inspires Catholic leaders
July 7, 2017  |  By CAROL ZIMMERMANN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
ORLANDO, Fla. From July 1-4 the main floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando was transformed into a huge parish hall with places for worship, prayer, discussion, and even coffee and doughnuts during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.” At the convocation 3,500 church leaders — men and women religious, bishops and laypeople — gathered to set a new course for the U.S. Catholic Church.
 

Child Saints

Fatima seers become church’s youngest non-martyred saints
May 19, 2017  |  By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
FATIMA, Portugal. Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.
 

Prenups, marriage: no match made in heaven

Entering into a prenuptial agreement shows a lack of understanding of sacrament, experts say
May 18, 2017  |  By PATTI MAGUIRE ARMSTRONG

If you think prenuptial agreements are only for the rich and famous, think again. A 2013 survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that 63 percent of divorce attorneys say they’ve seen an increase in the number of prenups being contracted.

But these agreements, which define how assets will be divided in the event of divorce, are the antithesis of establishing a life together to last a lifetime.


 
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