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Grandparents endorse the Catholic faith to grandchildren

Jupiter  |  Many believe that an earnest seeking of the Lord’s love and desire to put faith into action begins at home with the family. This is especially true for Pat Piccoli, leader of the Catholic Grandparents Association at St. Peter Catholic Church in Jupiter.  Piccoli makes it a point to pass down the wisdom,… Read more »

Embrace the cross, trust God will triumph, pope says on Palm Sunday

VATICAN CITY | Acclaimed by the crowds and knowing he was the Messiah they sought, Jesus still chose the path of humility and self-emptying, focused only on doing God’s will, Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday. “There is no negotiating with the cross: one either embraces it or rejects it,” the pope told tens of… Read more »

Cardinal Tagle message to Miami Catholics : Be humble, learn from each other

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle offers advice to Catholics, seminarians during Miami visit MIAMI | Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila keeps his watch on Philippines time, because “sometimes I don’t know where I am,” he explained during a weekend visit to Miami March 22-24. He had just flown in from Washington, D.C., after visiting… Read more »

Blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; cause unknown

PARIS — A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the center of the French capital. The fire erupted about 6:30 p.m. local time, and authorities said the cause was not certain but that it could be linked to renovation work that the cathedral… Read more »

Guatemalans hit by three years of drought among those CRS Rice Bowl helps

HOUSTON | These past three years of drought in Central America have destroyed crops of corn and beans, leaving families starving and causing Guatemala to declare a true state of emergency, said Catholic Relief Services officials. These families are among the “poorest of the poor” who are helped by U.S. parishes participating in CRS’ Lenten… Read more »

Lent is a time for a little less hypocrisy, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Lent is a time to ask for God’s grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear “worthier than we are,” Pope Francis said. “I must appear to be what I am, and that is our work in Lent,” the pope said March 8 during… Read more »

Questions and answers about Lent and common Lenten practices

Q. When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent? A. It might be more accurate to say that there is the “forty day fast within Lent.” Historically, Lent has varied from one week to three weeks to… Read more »

Christians and Jews must join to fight hatred, promote women, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Engaging in any form of anti-Semitism is a direct contradiction with the Christian faith, Pope Francis said. Meeting members of the American Jewish Committee March 8, the pope shared his “great concern” over “the spread, in many places, of a climate of wickedness and fury, in which an excessive and depraved… Read more »

Time for long-sleeve relief

ORLANDO | It is a campaign that has been a Lenten staple for Florida Catholic readers for 14 years. And this year, the publication hopes the annual event will again inspire readers to serve an important need for workers who toil in Florida’s sun while they gain a greater understanding of efforts of empowerment farmworkers… Read more »

Venezuela detains, deports U.S. journalist, CNS contributor, after military raid

WASHINGTON | A Catholic News Service contributor in Caracas, Venezuela, was taken by military counterintelligence officials after his home was raided early March 6. Cody Weddle, 29, best known for reporting for Miami ABC affiliate WPLG and The Miami Herald, was held more than 12 hours before Venezuelan authorities escorted him to the airport to… Read more »