Catholic cemeteries seen as a link to heaven

Catholic cemeteries have the look and feel of Catholic symbolism, from the shrines to the statues of Mary, the saints and angels.

In an article about why Catholic cemeteries are important to Catholics, The Florida Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, explores the eternal resting places in consecrated ground.

The link from heaven, to birth, to death and to the future also is examined.

Welcoming the stranger

The biblical injunction to welcome the stranger remains, even when the government might not seem to care about the stranger.

The Catholic Sun, newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix, Ariz.,  details ongoing and growing efforts by the two provinces of the Jesuits plus Jesuit Refugee Service and the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, along with the bishops of the Diocese of Tucson, Ariz., and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo, Mexico, and the possible participation of No More Deaths, which already has a presence on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The projects being undertaken show that, despite the hardships endured by immigrants to a country where many people are at best ambivalent about having them, there are still people ready to act in a spirit of Christian charity.