NCR Today: Catholic Prayer Group, Hushed but Undeterred, Completes Six Months Vigil against Marriage Amendment
Since 1997, Eleanor St. John has lived for the day when one of her greatest heroes would be recognized as a saint by the Catholic church -- Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.
That year, St. John attended her first Tekakwitha Conference, named for the young maiden known as the "Lily of the Mohawks."
Blessed Kateri, the daughter of a Christian Algonquin mother and a Mohawk father in upstate New York, will be canonized Sunday at the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI, along with several others. She will become the first Native American saint.
The Knights have contributed millions of dollars to several campaigns to stop the legalization of gay marriage, the report says.
Mexican Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez said he sees "many possibilities here in the United States for vocations from the Spanish-speaking people," and urged priests and other church leaders to work for vocations among Hispanic Catholics.
"Go to the children, speak to the children" to cultivate new vocations, he said in an interview with The Record, newspaper of the Louisville Archdiocese.
He also had a message for Hispanic Catholics in the United States. "Don't lose your faith in Christ. Maintain yourselves inside the church," he said.
WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI has named 60-year-old Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, as archbishop of Indianapolis.
After a year of exile because of money management, Fr. Frank Pavone has placed himself back in the spotlight, just in time for elections.
Column: Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this month, always sang to agitate and illuminate, not to entertain.
Warden Burl Cain has said prison is for predators, not dying old men, but Louisiana’s tough sentencing laws mean a lot of old men die while incarcerated.
In Louisiana, rape, armed robbery and murder warrant life without parole, so in a maximum-security prison like the one Cain runs at Angola, the result is that 95 percent of inmates die in prison.
That sobering reality led Cain to launch a hospice program that trains specially screened inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary to care for their dying “brothers” and be with them in their final journey.
The prison's warden says the Catholic inmates were under-churched, but the prison's first full-time priest in eight years could change that.
Mission Management: Kevin Ryan was inspired by the lives of homeless and runaway kids who defied all expectations and beat the odds.