• Evangelize through sports? One bishop and marathon veteran explains how

    For a veteran runner who’s completed 21 marathons, one bishop sees a deep connection between his Catholic faith and running, and says this connection can even evangelize young people.

  • Chicago Catholic cemeteries give a proper burial to those who died on the fringes

    Chicago’s Catholic cemeteries have helped bury the bodies of about 200 unidentified and unclaimed persons in recent years. One of the priests involved has stressed the importance of reducing homelessness and of mourning those who have no one to pray for them.

  • Sisters act in the Spirit

    ST. LOUIS — “I loved the Lord. I tried to be as faithful as I could,” Sister Ann Shields, SGL, explained. But during “a period of great turmoil,” she had lost her faith in God. The “rocky times” after Vatican Council II were not without its causalities. She struggled with obedience to things she hadn’t signed up for as religious sister. We’re talking heresy, as she explained it, not habits. She struggled with her very faith.

  • Archbishop Gomez elected chairman of U.S. bishops’ migration committee

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chose a new treasurer-elect of the conference, the chairmen-elect of six committees, and new members of the board of Catholic Relief Services during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly, Nov. 16-19 in Baltimore. Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr is the treasurer-elect. Archbishop José H. Gomez is the chairman-elect of the Committee on Migration. He has served as chairman of the committee in the past.

  • Controversy over voting doc shows divisions among US bishops

    At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility.

  • US embassy: Saint Peter's Basilica a potential terrorist target

    St. Peter’s Basilica tops the list of potential targets for terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan, the U.S. Embassy in Rome said Wednesday, in the wake of Islamic State militants’ Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

  • The 'tyranny of uniformity': will the US have a diverse public square in the future?

    The case of the Little Sisters of the Poor before the Supreme Court may determine if the United States will continue to have a diverse public square, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ religious liberty committee.

  • Stretched to its limits, US military archdiocese appeals for more priests

    Archbishop Timothy Broglio is begging for more priests for the Archdiocese of Military Services, saying that he soon may be “unable to provide Catholic priests for the military.”

  • Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops

    In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy.

  • Pope's representative to US stresses Catholic identity in schools

    Catholic schools can embrace their identity through familiarity with Christ, devotion to the Virgin Mary and a commitment to Christian life and teaching, the apostolic nuncio to the United States told the nation’s bishops.

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A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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