Monthly Archives: July 2009

Hawaii gears up for Blessed Damien’s sainthood

In mid-October Hawaii Catholics will get their first saint when the Belgian-born missionary priest Blessed Damien de Veuster is canonized along with Blessed Jeanne Jugan, founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and three others. Father Damien spent the last 16 years of his life caring … Continue reading

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Church ministries to jobless continue

CNS has written before — in blogs and news stories — about church groups reaching out to the unemployed.  These programs continue to pop up in church basements around the country as people continue to feel the effects of the economic tailspin. Recent … Continue reading

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Encyclical and Catholic higher education

Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” (“Charity in Truth”) can inspire changes in Catholic higher education, said Richard Yanikoski, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. The pope wrote that economic activity should promote the common good. Catholic … Continue reading

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Post-Katrina sisters in action

Sisters of St. Joseph are not about to be deterred by fire or rain.  Even though their former motherhouse had to be torn down — after damage from Hurricane Katrina’s flooding and then a subsequent fire caused by a lightning strike — members of the … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Saved by our own words

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series Growing up, my father used to remind me to be careful what I said, “because all too often, our words come back to haunt us.” I am sure we have all … Continue reading

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Pope’s piano tuned, even if he can’t play for now

VATICAN CITY — The director of the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo told the Vatican newspaper that preparations are almost complete for the pope’s expected arrival tomorrow evening: bushes have been re-potted, trees have been trimmed, flowers have been planted, … Continue reading

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Father Desbois featured in National Geographic special on Nazi Europe

The crime was horrific: Go into a town, round up Jewish families, take them to a ditch and shoot them. The National Geographic Channel on cable will air “Hitler’s Hidden Holocaust” Aug. 2 at 10 p.m EDT/PDT and take viewers … Continue reading

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