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The disabled should share in all sacraments

Posted on August 27th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle applauds a wife’s care, including spiritual, for her disabled husband. Also, Father Doyle addresses why Jesus became incarnate not in the Twitter age.


Busy families can make time for prayer in small ways, pope says

Pope Francis prays as he leads his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26. (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA) Posted on August 26th, 2015

By teaching children how to make the sign of the cross or say a simple grace before meals, the family will be enveloped in God’s love, Pope Francis said.


Get to know Jesus in the Gospels, pope advises

Posted on August 24th, 2015

Pope Francis called for a moment of silence among thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and asked them to ponder the question, “Who is Jesus to you?”


Can suicide be forgiven?

Posted on August 21st, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleMoral judgment over suicide, writes Father Ken Doyle, is best left to God. The church’s approach is pity, not condemnation, and the comfort offered by a parish priest to grieving parents had a sound basis.


Don’t forget an important birthday coming up

Posted on August 18th, 2015

Father John CatoirFather John Catoir reminds us to celebrate the birth of Mary, the Mother of God, on Sept. 8. To prepare, he counts all the ways he loves her.


Mary’s assumption shows life’s aim is to be with God, pope says

Pope Francis blesses the faithful during his Angelus address on the feast of the Assumption at Vatican Aug. 15. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) Posted on August 18th, 2015

“The ‘great things’ the Almighty has done for her touch us deeply, speak of our journey through life and remind us of the destination that awaits us: the house of the Father,” Pope Francis said Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption.


Not everyone likes a two-state solution in the Middle East

Posted on August 11th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleA Catholic reader rejects the Vatican’s support for a Palestinian homeland, and Father Ken Doyle says that is OK.


Getting hands dirty helps in bout with depression

Posted on August 6th, 2015

Father Eugene HemrickWithout warning, depression hit Father Eugene Hemrick. Then came the panic attacks and mental paralysis. He applied the monastic wisdom of manual labor, and found healing.


What’s the rule on meatless Fridays?

Posted on August 6th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle answers a reader confused over whether to eat meat on Fridays outside of Lent. Even if you don’t skip the hot dog this Friday, find a way to do penance anyway, he advises.


Don’t be afraid or ashamed to go to confession, pope says

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in early March in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. During his Aug. 2 Angelus, Pope Francis told people not to be afraid or ashamed to go to confession. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi pool via EPA) Posted on August 3rd, 2015

People forget that they will not encounter a severe judge in confession, “but the immensely merciful Father,” Pope Francis told thousands Sunday at the Vatican.


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