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Blizzard hits Life Runners

ST LOUIS: When a record-breaking blizzard shut down much of western South Dakota in early October, the rough weather led to an impromptu retreat instead of a race for members of Life Runners. “We thought it might be a little chilly,” Jeff Pauls said. “No one knew how bad it was going to be.” Pauls is vice-president of operations for ... Read More »

Need ‘spiritual pacemaker’

IRVING, Texas: The mission of the Catholic Church will continue to be centred on Christ, and Catholics must open up their hearts, receive a “spiritual pacemaker” from the Holy Spirit and be more like the “Good Samaritan” to carry out God’s will, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga told attendees at a ministry conference on October 25. Cardinal Rodriguez, the Archbishop ... Read More »

Marriage ‘so beautiful’

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: The  Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn’t always easy, “but it is so beautiful”, Pope Francis said. “There are problems in marriage – different points of view, jealousies, arguments, but tell young couples to never let the day end without making peace. The sacrament of matrimony is renewed in this act of peace,” the ... Read More »

War veteran says time as POW deepened his faith

Leo Wojciechowski

DUNDALK: US Army Air Corps Corporal Leo Wojciechowski had just unloaded bombs targeting the Blechhammer synthetic oil refinery on the Nazi-occupied Czech-Polish border when he felt his B-24 shudder. Anti-aircraft fire had struck the nose gunner’s plane during the August 7, 1944, mission, causing it to lose speed and altitude as gasoline flooded the rear of the compromised aircraft. Mr ... Read More »

Marriage offers graces

Pope Francis reacts to children as he addresses pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.

VATICAN CITY: A Catholic wedding is not simply a beautiful ceremony – through the sacrament of marriage a couple receives from God the grace they will need to fulfil their mission in the world, Pope Francis said. Addressing an estimated 100,000 people who came to St Peter’s Square on October 26 for a Year of Faith celebration of family life, ... Read More »

Catholic education supporter and action author Tom Clancy dies at age 66

Catholic author Tom Clancy dies age 66

BALTIMORE: Even after Tom Clancy became an international best-selling novelist whose fans included the likes of President Ronald Reagan, the Baltimore-born writer never forgot the role his hometown Catholic education played in giving him the tools to his success. “My Catholic education taught me the value of thinking for myself,” Clancy said in a 1990 radio ad promoting Catholic schools ... Read More »

With new French convent, sisters hoping for perpetual Eucharistic adoration

SAINT-LOUP-SUR-AUJON, France: The moment a monstrance bearing the Blessed Sacrament was fixed high over an altar in a convent church in a remote French valley, a nun stepped forward to start the process of Eucharistic adoration – one the sisters hope will continue day and night, week after week and year after year. Mother Marie Xavier McMonagle thus began the ... Read More »

Change in approach results in vocations bump in England, Wales

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England: Janet Hopper said when she started as a novice at the Society of the Sacred Heart, she thought, “This is completely mad.” She had never imagined herself as a religious. Growing up, she felt she was “too independent and mischievous.” She liked soccer and music too much. But, when she met sisters from the Society of ... Read More »

Pope and advisory council to reform Synod of Bishops

Pope leads new Synod of Bishops

POPE Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on Church governance spent much of their first day together discussing reform of the Synod of Bishops, but the Holy See downplayed expectations that their discussions would lead to major changes in the near future.Holy See spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told reporters on October 2 the pope and the international Council of ... Read More »

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