Want to aid vocations? Helping reduce debt is key, this group says

By Kevin Jones
Catholic News Agency

January 11, 2017

St. Paul, Minn. (CNA/EWTN News) — Personal and student debt can slow down or prevent prospective seminarians and aspirants to religious orders from pursuing their vocations, but one organization with national scope aims to change that.

Bishop, St. Mary's Church begin New Year celebrating 125th anniversary

By Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic

January 10, 2017

WINDTHORST — Residents and parishioners filled St. Mary’s Church on New Year’s Day to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the community’s first Mass and founding of the parish.

 

Race against time for Congress to block D.C.'s assisted suicide law

By Matt Hadro
Catholic News Agency
January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) Congress took its first step toward blocking D.C.’s doctor-prescribed suicide law on Thursday, but the action will need the support of both houses of Congress and the President.

Actor did St. Ignatius' spiritual exercises to prepare for priest role

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service
January 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Actor Andrew Garfield underwent the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, as part of his preparation for playing a Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese's new film, "Silence."

'They are the Church': Nearly 13,000 college students attend SEEK 2017

By Tonia Borsellino
Catholic News Agency
January 11, 2017

SAN ANTONIO (CNA/EWTN News) – It’s not every day that 13,000 college students come together to pray, participate in the sacraments, and learn more about their faith. But that’s exactly what happened last week at SEEK 2017.

Report: Planned Parenthood conned millions from public health programs

By Matt Hadro
Catholic News Agency
January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Audits showing Planned Parenthood’s alleged misuse of federal funds are further proof that the organization should be barred from receiving federal money, pro-life advocates say. 

Pope to diplomats: Break bad habits of war, injustice

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
January 9, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the start of a new year, Pope Francis laid out a laundry list of suggested resolutions for religious and political leaders for making a joint commitment toward building peace. No conflict exists that is "a habit impossible to break," the pope said.

Respect Life ministries decentralize to encourage parish participation

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
January 9, 2017

FORT WORTH — The many changes occurring in the Office of Respect Life are a reflection that “pro-life is not a separate department for the diocese. It should be part of every department and every parish,” said Michael Demma, director of Respect Life for the Fort Worth Diocese.