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NFL chaplain focuses on players' lives, faith

By John Shaughnessy Catholic News Service

INDIANAPOLIS — As the Catholic chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts, Father Douglas Hunter has access to the training facility, the team meetings and the sidelines during games. He’s... More

Sri Lanka agrees to inquiry

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) — Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has finally won a concession from Sri Lanka’s government after widespread criticism of the investigation into the deadly Easter...

Missionaries trusting in God

Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood lost most of its Catholic population in recent decades. Young urban missionaries see that as an opportunity for outreach. “I think the Lord...

Young adults invited to hear voice of God

Young adults have to sift through the noise of the world in discerning their faith. Can they really hear the voice of God? How can they hear what God wants from them? How can they contribute to...

'Bennett's War' is endearing sports drama

NEW YORK — Loosely based on the case histories of real-life wounded veterans, writer-director Alex Ranarivelo's endearing sports drama "Bennett's War" (Forrest) is a portrait of courage in...

Pilgrims drawn to church in abandoned town

CENTRALIA, Pa. (CNS) — About 500 pilgrims came to a small church on the side of a Pennsylvania mountain Aug. 25 to pray for peace. They gathered at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin...

Donations accepted for Our Lady of Grace

More than $17,000 has been raised to assist Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township following the cancellation of the annual festival earlier this month. Father David Bonnar,...

Serra Club celebrates 70th annual dinner

The Serra Club of Pittsburgh honored Father Michael Stumpf with the Good Shepherd Award at its 70th Annual Reception and Dinner Honoring the Newly Ordained Priests of the Diocese of...

Kendrick Castillo named a Knight

MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus honored a teen who died in May trying to save the lives of his classmates during a shooting at his suburban Denver high school. Kendrick...

Strong message sent in 'Overcomer'

NEW YORK — "If you want to send a message," Hollywood stalwart Sam Goldwyn is said to have remarked — with regard to someone's yen to make a "meaningful" movie — "use Western...

Teachers make Catholic faith engaging for students

Caitlin Snatchko was initially apprehensive to take her classes to the chapel for a few minutes of Eucharistic adoration each week. The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School campus minister and...

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The Serving our Seniors Ministry of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will offer a free education seminar, “What is...

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“Many Parts, One Body” is the theme of a Night of Worship (NOW) on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township, starting at 7 p.m. Service...

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A panel of ecumenical clergy will discuss how holy Communion is practiced among various Christian traditions on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Roots of Faith, 800 Main St. in...


The language of love and service

During a recent Catholic conference, I saw a Scripture quote on a poster that read: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet...

Addressing suicide

People got upset. Last week the Associated Press ran a story about an elderly man in Seattle who was dying of cancer and decided to get help to end his life. You can do that legally in Washington...

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