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Virtual discernment program helps Boston men explore priesthood

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105. / Catholic Charities/Jeffrey Bruno (CC BY 2.0).

Boston, Mass., Apr 16, 2021 / 02:18 am (CNA).

This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston released its new vocation discernment initiative, Scivias, designed to bring vocational guidance to a COVID-19 online world.

How a Catholic family of 16 lives debt-free

Catholic family of 16 are debt free. / Sam and Rob Fatzinger / EWTN Pro-Life Weekly

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 18:30 pm (CNA).

Five years ago, a Catholic family of 16 made international news for sending their children to college without any debt – and now the parents are offering their financial advice in a book.

Charleston diocese sues South Carolina for barring Covid-relief funds from private schools

Catholic school students. CNA file photo.

Charleston, S.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 18:01 pm (CNA).

The Diocese of Charleston filed a suit against South Carolina on Wednesday challenging the state’s “Blaine Amendment”, which prohibits public funds from going to private schools.

Father Kapaun's remains to return to Kansas, family says

Father Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar on Oct. 7, 1950. / Public Domain

Wichita, Kan., Apr 15, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA).

The remains of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, army chaplain and hero of the Korean War, will return to Kansas after his body was identified last month in Hawaii, 70 years after his death.

Under financial pressure, Rockville Centre diocese sells pastoral center, closes several schools

St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, New York. Credit: Nassau Crew via Wikimedia (CC0 1.0)

Rockville Centre, N.Y., Apr 15, 2021 / 14:01 pm (CNA).

In the wake of bankruptcy filings, the Diocese of Rockville Centre in March announced the sale of its $5.2 million pastoral center to help pay creditors. It also announced the closure of three more grammar schools on Long Island, noting additional financial troubles from the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Refugee resettlement has effectively been halted’: Catholics implore Biden to accept more refugees

Syrian refugee family at a camp in Passau, Germany - August 2015 / Jazzmany/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

Catholic organizations expressed dismay that the United States this year could admit the lowest number of refugees in decades. 

After vandalism, Houston parish welcomes back refurbished Our Lady of Guadalupe statue

Our Lady of Guadalupe. / Sacred Heart Cathedral Knoxville via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

CNA Staff, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:53 pm (CNA).

A Catholic parish in Houston held an inauguration ceremony this week for a refurbished statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe that had been vandalized late last year.

‘8beats’: 8 Blessings for the Spiritually Hungry of Any Background

The 8beats Anthology is a series of short films by different Christian writers and directors brought together by Executive Producer Sam Sorich and Dallas-based Catholic Creatives. Following the example of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski’s acclaimed Decalogue films, which explore the Ten Commandments in contemporary society, the 8beats films are about the Beatitudes, which are the recapitulation and fulfillment of the commandments. In his Jesus of Nazareth book, Pope Benedict XVI calls the Beatitudes “the fruit of looking upon the disciples . . . those who have set out to follow Jesus and have become his family.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the Beatitudes “sustain hope in the midst of tribulations” and “proclaim the blessings and rewards already secured, however dimly, for Christ’s disciples” (CCC 1717). But the Beatitudes do more besides. They “respond to the natural desire for happiness” (CCC 1718) and “reveal the…

Archbishop Gomez: Gospel is the answer to the 'new religion' of secularism

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Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 10:21 am (CNA).

True social justice is rooted in the Gospel and not in a secular materialist vision, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles told Catholic activists on Thursday.

Members of Congress want a vote to protect abortion survivors – will they get one?

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Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

Members of the House are once again trying to bring up a vote on legislation protecting infant survivors of abortions.