Knights of Columbus’ generous Christmas spirit lasts year-round

Charity. Unity. Fraternity. Patriotism. The four core values of the Knights of Columbus, a worldwide organization for Catholic men, encourage a spirit of giving and goodwill 365 days a year. Through service projects and church activities, members have become fixtures in their communities, always ready to lend a hand with their time, talent and treasure. […]

Pope Francis: Do not be complicit, indifferent to tragedy of exploitation

VATICAN CITY — When shopping and when interacting with people on city streets, everyone can help fight the evil of modern-day slavery, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1. “Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers,” the pope said. […]

Pre-Christmas Masses at dawn: A long and cherished Philippine tradition

The Masses celebrated in the Philippines in the early hours of the morning, usually at 4 a.m., for the nine days immediately before Christmas, has many names, most used interchangeably. In Filipino it is called “Simbang Gabi” (Mass at Night), although strictly speaking this refers to Christmas Midnight Mass. In Spanish it is called “Misa […]

Pope calls for more ‘integration’ of divorced Catholics, gays

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of the church — not merely allowing them to receive Communion, but letting them serve as eucharistic ministers and godparents — and to make it easier for Catholic families to accept […]

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