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Seminarians learn ministry extends beyond ‘office hours’

"Don't prepare yourselves to be administrative people, to say 'I work from 8 to 6 and after that, it's finished' No, you are full time," the apostolic nuncio to the United States told students at the nation's only Vatican-affiliated seminary.

New food truck to help stem senior hunger in Diocese of Oakland

A year in the making, the Mercy Brown Bag Program has expanded, with the truck visiting several locales and offering assistance to seniors faced with the high cost of rent and medication.

Florida clergy coalition creates interfaith bonds to counter hate crimes

Members of the Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland have been meeting in an effort to strengthen clergy bonds and better respond to hate crimes and ease anxieties affecting faith communities.

Catholic educators get new ideas at annual NCEA convention

More than 8,000 Catholic educators attended the National Catholic Educational Association Convention, including six awardees among the contingent of teachers from the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Virginia Catholic bishops praise governor for commuting death sentence

The Virginia bishops said they "welcome with gratitude" the April 20 decision by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz.

Pedaling priests to bike across Peoria Diocese seeking vocation prayers

From April 24 to 28, the three priests will ride their bikes 350 miles across the Diocese of Peoria -- the width of Illinois -- to raise awareness for vocations and show people that priesthood is a wonderful life.

Make persecution ‘difficult for others to ignore,’ cardinal says

With religious persecution against Christians on the rise worldwide, it is important for other Christians to stand in solidarity with them, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

Chicago cardinal praises governor for pledging to veto abortion bill

Under the bill pending in the state General Assembly, the public money will come from Illinois' Medicaid and employee health insurance programs to pay for the abortions at any stage or pregnancy. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto it.

After shooting, Fresno Catholics urged to be a light to community

"Once again, our community is touched by darkness," said the diocesan statement. "Family, friends, neighbors and the vast multitude of good and caring people in our community must now decide, once again, how we will respond to this senseless tragedy."

Special collection translates into missionary work for U.S. regions

American Catholics will have an opportunity to become modern-day missionaries during the weekend of April 29-30 by simply dropping money in a collection plate.