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Jesuit keeps love of creation, justice for the poor foremost in life

There's a twinkle in the eye of Jesuit Father Albert Fritsch as he looks at the small orchard of plum and apple trees on the grassy field that runs between his home and St. Elizabeth Church, where he has served as pastor for the past 10 years.

Marriage enrichment programs available at parishes, online

It's not easy to get couples to come to their parish for a weeknight program, even one that might improve their marriage.

U.S. doctor gives assessment of Ebola crisis after trip to West Africa

A former U.S. Navy doctor and expert in infectious diseases said the West African outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus will be contained only if all ports of entry in the region are adequately screening for infected carriers.

Studies confirm religion increases longevity, and marriage does too

Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not.

Parishes host date nights to help couples keep bond strong

Some parishes are recognizing the need to help married couples navigate challenges or keep their love alive. Parishes are providing child care, a meal and guest speakers with time for discussion -- and the message that couples should carve out time for themselves before the next session.

Marchers hope groundswell shows urgent need for climate solution

Catholic groups joined a singing, chanting, sea of people who streamed through New York City Sept. 21 to urge global action on climate change. Organizers of the People's Climate March estimated nearly 400,000 men, women and children rallied to the cause ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit Sept. 23.

Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal Francis E. George.

Despite 50 years of ‘War on Poverty,’ prosperity for many seems elusive

According to the Census Bureau's new statistics, released Sept. 16, poverty in the United States is down, but only slightly.

Senate action urged to stop coverage of abortion in health care plans

Members of Congress and pro-life leaders Sept. 18 criticized the federal government for failing to ensure federally subsidized health plans will not cover elective abortions.

U.S. urged to address Ebola epidemic as partner with agencies, locals

A medical missionary worker who is an Ebola survivor said Sept. 16 that the U.S. government can do its part to address the Ebola crisis by increasing its financial support for humanitarian organizations that are already working on the ground in Africa and are acquainted with the local people.