"As we like to say here at St. Catherine's, we're going to take away her envelope. She doesn't have to give anymore."
With Christmas just around the corner, Br. Guy Consolmagno gets a lot of questions this time of year about the star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to Jesus in the manger.
Consolmagno is an astronomer -- a planetary scientist for the Vatican observatory, in fact -- who specializes in asteroids and meteorites, the very sort that may well have been the famous “star” described in the Gospel of Matthew.
A lawsuit filed by teacher Emily Herx against the Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., diocese after she was fired for undergoing in vitro fertilization will be brought before a jury Dec. 16.
When Ana Aceves was 12 years old, she sat on her parents' front porch in Merced, Calif., looked up into the night sky and had an "out-of-body experience." She saw herself on her porch, then her city, state, planet and finally the stars.
It was then she knew exactly what she wanted to do, says the now 23-year-old senior at the University of California, Berkeley. "I ran into the house and told my mom I wanted to be an astrologer," she explained with a loud chuckle.
"I think you mean an astronomer," her mother corrected.
"To seek to re-define the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society," the Irish bishops' conference said.
The new coordinator of the diocesan phase will work with the Dorothy Day Guild Advisory Board, which includes those who knew Day or are involved in the Catholic Worker Movement.
Grace on the Margins: To understand the pope's attitudes on marriage and family, review what he’s said about women not gay Catholics.
Fordham University aims to educate humanitarian workers to prioritize education before volunteering.
A recent survey found that nearly six in 10 Americans say marriage should not be "defined and regulated by the state."
Soul Seeing: Beloved old songs evoke positive emotions. Long after the doors in the brain that lead to memory are shut, the ability to appreciate music remains.