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‘Horrendous attack weighs on all our hearts,’ says cardinal

News reports about the attack, which left at least eight people dead and 11 others injured, "are too preliminary to understand fully what has happened," the cardinal said, "but it grieves me deeply that we must again respond to such acts of terror."

‘Boys will be boys,’ or is it time to man up?

A couple disagrees over whether to cut their teenage sons some slack, or to rein them in. Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain advise honest discussions, and above all, prayer.

Emmet Cahill Live in Springfield

Sony Music recording artist and Celtic Thunder lead singer Emmet Cahill returns to Springfield on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. to perform songs from his debut orchestral album, “Emmet Cahill’s Ireland”.

Lenten Series We Thirst: Lessons in Mercy, Christian Reflections on Addiction

This popular program is an inspirational and informational series on the epidemic of addiction within the context of the Christian community.

Church called to work for unity in time of paralyzing polarization

Pope Francis' invitation to encounter people at their station in life offers a starting point to overcome the deep polarization that marks public life, speakers told participants at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

God comes to people in the simplest guises, says new Paris archbishop

When God shows himself to people, he comes with the greatest discretion like a small child -- in a stable among animals because the world would not accept him," Archbishop Michel Aupetit said.

To promote peace, help young people, says Colombian Caritas volunteer

In Colombia, the church's charitable agency Caritas and many dioceses are promoting programs with a purpose: building peace in a country consumed by conflict for more than five decades.

Catholic dioceses in South ‘in a growth mode,’ says Atlanta archbishop

The Catholic dioceses of the Carolinas and Georgia are experiencing record growth, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said during a meeting of the U.S. Catholic Church's Atlanta province.

Parish prays for congressman in critical condition after shooting

More than 150 people attended a prayer service at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Metairie June 14 to pray for the recovery of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and other victims of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, early that morning.

Quebec bishops offer prayers, encouragement for flood victims

While the Quebec bishops are in Rome for their "ad limina" visits, they have expressed solidarity with those affected by the floods in their Canadian province.