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Syrian priest says church carries on its ministry to people amid strife

After telling parishioners and students in the religious education program at Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. James Parish about what is happening in Syria, Father Rodrigo Miranda was impressed that a 13-year-old girl was one of the first to respond.

Respect Life Sunday launches yearlong pro-life program

The Catholic Church in the U.S. licks off its annual focus on life Sunday, Oct. 5. In a statement, Boston Cardinal O'Malley referenced women facing an unexpected pregnancy, babies pre-diagnosed with mental disabilities, and the elderly, calling them "our brothers and sisters pushed to the periphery" by life-threatening decisions.

Business leaders explore ways to carry Catholic values to the office

Don't neglect the dollars, but order your priorities by putting first things first, said a venture capitalist at a conference for business executives. A Catholic draws on his or her formation in every interaction with colleagues, customers or investors, said a CEO.

Cardinal: Pope is ‘friend, brother’; working with him ‘really beautiful’

Pope Francis evangelizes with "encyclicals of gestures," which speak louder than words and texts, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa.

Net neutrality issue, new FCC proposals prompt 1 million-plus letters

When it comes to recorded music, the progression went from wax cylinders to shellac discs to vinyl records -- with a short-lived detour to the 8-track tape -- to the cassette, to the compact disc and in this century to mp3 players, iPods and other digital devices.

Rector says cathedral design lets people ‘know they are loved by God’

Christ Cathedral has a multilayered mission -- and with the rollout of the new design plans that will transform the former Crystal Cathedral into the mother church of the Diocese of Orange, it has taken a big step toward realizing that mission.

In election season, churches reminded of campaign do’s and don’ts

A group encourages pastors to endorse a political candidate, send the sermon to the IRS and provoke an investigation jeopardizing the church's tax-exempt status. The group hopes to trigger a court case overturning the political prohibition for churches.

Divided we stand, on religion

Americans are split almost evenly between those who worry about government interfering with religion and religious groups "forcing their beliefs" on people, according to a new survey. Partisan divides were evident in the results.

Youths cheer for bands and pray to Jesus at festival

Almost 2,000 Catholic teens and others enjoyed the music, fun, food and prayers during the outdoor Abbey Faith and Music Fest last Saturday in Paoli. Along with the Christian musicians and artists were liturgies, sacraments and an inspiring display of vocations.

Oklahoma archbishop calls Holy Hour ‘a powerful witness of faith’

Oklahoma City's archbishop called the overflow crowd at a Sept. 21 eucharistic Holy Hour "a powerful witness of faith." The Holy Hour was celebrated as a response to a Satanic "black mass" held the same day in a downtown arena.