Catholics in the nation’s capital are opening their hearts – and kitchens – to the poor, hungry and homeless in their neighborhoods for Thanksgiving this year. “Thanksgiving is a time of the year for all of us to reflect with gratitude on the many blessings we have received,” said Monsignor James D. Watkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, who organizes a Thanksgiving ministry to the poor in the area.
Remembrance, reflection and thanks will be the theme at the Archdiocese of Sydney's Tree of Hope commemoration service at CatholicCare, Lewisham to mark World AIDS day.
Hollywood superstars Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria joined forces with English great Peter O'Toole and award-winning Mexican-born actor-producer Eduardo Verastegui to bring the story of Mexico's Cristero War to the big screen. For Greater Glory, last year's widely-acclaimed international movie charts the 1920s uprising by a ragtag group of Mexican Catholics to overturn brutal moves in the 1920s by newly-elected President Plutarco Calles to reduce the power of the Catholic Church.
These three books don’t scream “Advent.” But somehow, as I was digging through the mess also known as my desk, I found them and they clicked.
Every day on Facebook we see our friends liking or sharing charitable causes. Sure it must make them feel good but there's long been a question mark over what liking a cause actually does for those on the receiving end.
National representatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families says state governments, businesses and community groups must help to reduce soaring levels of Indigenous children being removed from their families.
Judging winners and runners up in this year's children's Christmas Story Art Exhibition and Competition is becoming more and more difficult due to the high standard of entries both in the artworks and the accompanying written reflections on the Gospels, says John Charadia, Creative Arts Adviser (Primary) for the Archdiocese of Sydney's Catholic Education Office.
There’s no denying that the world is full of cruel, evil people capable of things you probably couldn’t even imagine. We see it on the news pretty much every day. But believe it or not, there’s a lot more good and kindness out there than you probably realize. Sometimes, people do incredible things – things that restore our faith in humanity.
One of the paradoxes of our time is that we have attained to an amazing possession of creature comforts (at least in the West) but, in many ways we have never been so uncomfortable. Stress and worry along with a gnawing dis-satisfaction accompany our high standard of living. The more we have the more worry.
I always figured that Halloween had pagan roots, but you are telling me they are Catholic. Huh? How so? Visit this article from Fr. Robert Barron's Word on Fire Blog to find out about the real origins of All Hallows Eve (i.e. Halloween).
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