Author Archives: Carol Zimmermann

Sisters of Life live up to their name

The liturgy — and celebration afterward — for the six women who professed final vows as Sisters of Life Aug. 6 truly lived up to the order’s name. The nearly three-hour-liturgy  in a tightly-packed Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel: ‘We must bear witness’

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which opened in 1993 in Washington has the words of Elie Wiesel carved in stone at its entrance: “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and … Continue reading

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Hymn composer for World Meeting of Families honored, humbled

When the Philadelphia Orchestra plays the official hymn for World Meeting of Families during the closing Mass later today in Philadelphia, the song’s composer, who will be singing with the choir, said he might have a hard time singing. “I’ll … Continue reading

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‘One nun can make a difference’

The June 24 welcome dinner for the 2015 Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, New  York, combined three worlds: journalism, Catholicism and Buffalo. It began with a tribute to the late Tim Russert, a well-respected journalist who was the longtime moderator of NBC’s “Meet the … Continue reading

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Website gives glimpse of Catholics around the world

While vacationing, many Catholics attend Masses in other states or countries and see similarities  and differences from ways they worship in their home parishes. But unless they have the chance to travel the world visiting Catholic churches and families in … Continue reading

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Lent goes high tech

Feeling a little fuzzy on the church’s guidelines on fasting and abstinence during Lent? Or feeling like you are the only one around that acknowledges the 40 days before Easter? Well, smart phones, the Internet and all things social media … Continue reading

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Archbishop tells social ministry advocates to be courageous, compassionate and calm

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gave Catholic social ministry leaders these words of advice before they went to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers: “Be courageous, be compassionate, be … Continue reading

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Will Blessed Serra statue stay in its place at Capitol?

Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan who founded the California missions and is in line to be canonized a saint this fall when Pope Francis visits the United States, could potentially lose his spot in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall under a proposal by … Continue reading

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Catholic advocates not about to forget Ferguson riots

Less than three months after the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, discussions about race and role of police officers may have fallen off the 24-hour-news cycle’s radar but they have not been forgotten by Catholic social ministry advocates. During Feb. 8 … Continue reading

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Christmas Miracle: an escape from Nazis on Christmas Eve

In the Dec. 14 issue of St. Anthony Messenger, a rabbi and the magazine’s editor recount the story of a Christmas miracle that happened to a young Jewish woman. The woman was the mother of the article’s co-writer, Rabbi Abie Ingber, … Continue reading

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