Tag: priest

Explaining Scripture, Venezuelan priest becomes social media sensation

CARACAS, Venezuela | Understanding the Bible can be challenging, but Catholics in Venezuela are becoming more familiar with Scripture through the work of a tech-savvy friar. Capuchin Franciscan Father Luis Antonio Salazar is breaking with traditional ways of preaching and bringing the Gospel to thousands of cellphone users each week through an Instagram video series… Read more »

El Paso priest: ‘So many funerals,’

WASHINGTON | Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time. He was among several priests in El Paso, Texas, summoned to help out where they could in the hours following the brazen Aug. 3 assault at a Walmart store in the Texas border town that left 22 dead and dozens of… Read more »

Parish priest near shooting: ‘Let’s take care of each other’

WASHINGTON | When Father Michael Lewis, parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in El Paso, Texas, first heard about the shooting that took place a mile and a half from his parish, he said he would do whatever was needed. Right away, that turned out to be providing a place for prayer. So, the… Read more »

Gang murder or environmental crime in killing of Salvadoran priest?

WASHINGTON | Many took to social media to denounce the May 18 killing of a Salvadoran priest while urging authorities to look at the crime as a possible retaliation for Father Cecilio Perez Cruz’s criticism of the cutting of trees near the western town of Juayua. Initially, many characterized the crime as a gang killing… Read more »

Priest inspired by pilgrimage

WEST PALM BEACH | Father Mario Castaneda, full of excitement, was eager to share his pilgrimage story with the Florida Catholic, but also his new pledge going forward as a priest and shepherd of the Church. Father Castaneda, pastor of St. John Fisher in West Palm Beach for the past nine years, traveled to Rome… Read more »

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church makes history with two ordinations

WASHINGTON | In a June 2 ceremony in Tampa, Florida, Father Rajeev Philip became the second U.S.-born priest to be ordained for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. His ordination came about a month after that of U.S.-born Father Kevin Mundackal. In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service May 31, two days before his ordination, Father… Read more »