As Americans celebrate the founding of the United States on Independence Day, July 4, we look at patriotism in this package of stories from our partner, Catholic News Service.

We’re tied to the land we call home, and to each other
More than just good feelings about a homeland, patriotism represents the kind of love that takes positive feelings and puts them into action to strengthen human bonds everywhere.


Catholics love country like their mother, and countrymen like siblings
The most loving thing Catholics can do for America is what St. John Paul did for his: Bring Christ to it, and bring it to Christ. This Fourth of July, we celebrate our country not apart from or in spite of, but within our Catholic faith.

Young patriot: Eagle Scout creates outdoor prayer space at church
Scouts often join their love of country with their love of the church when choosing their Eagle Scout projects. That includes Wilmington’s Alex Gray, who put his scouting skills to the test for his parish project.