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San Francisco church readies new music for ‘Mass of the Americas’

The San Francisco Archdiocese commissioned a new musical setting for parts of the liturgy, which will be celebrated Dec. 8 for the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Music will be sung in Spanish, Latin, English and the Aztec language Nahuatl.

A Norbertine abbey, steeped in tradition, uses modern outreach

The priests and seminarians who live a monastic life at the abbey recently developed an online platform for their donors and subscribers to essentially take part in the life of the abbey.

Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

The Saturday vigil does not count for both the holy day and Sunday in the very rare circumstances when two of the church's six holy days of obligation -- the feast of the Immaculate Conception or Christmas -- fall the day before or after Sunday.

Alabama archbishop releases names of clergy, religious accused of abuse

In releasing the names of those who had been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors, Bishop Thomas Rodi apologized to victims of child sexual abuse and to parishioners in the southern Alabama archdiocese.

Deacon: From wildfires come acts of kindness for those trying to recover

A small crew from St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus Council spend their days tracking down missing parishioners, communicating with family members about their safety and whereabouts, helping find housing for survivors, distributing donated clothing, money and gift cards and raising money for long-haul recovery.

The big just keep getting bigger in the communications business

Mergers and consolidations marked 2018 in the media world.

Houston Catholic, civic leaders hail late president as hometown hero

Catholic and civic leaders in the Houston area recalled the late George H.W. Bush's legacy as president, his history as a Houstonian and his faith as a Christian.

Catholic Relief Services marks 75 years of restoring people’s dignity

"CRS for 75 years has been hovering over the vulnerable," Bishop Gerald Kicanas said, calling the international relief and development agency determined, resolved and patient.

Tennessee bishops say man’s execution would not serve justice

The bishops leading Tennessee's three Catholic dioceses said the planned Dec. 6 execution of a man convicted of brutally killing of a young mentally handicapped woman fails to serve the "common good of advancing toward a more just society."

Women religious launch Advent with the light appearing in darkness

The light appearing in darkness served as a metaphor for the 38 women religious during their Dec. 1 evening prayer as they marked the beginning of Advent, four weeks of preparation before Christmas.