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‘Biking for Vocations’ takes call to priesthood on the road

Now in its third year, the five-day tour kicked off Aug. 4, taking 10 seminarians over some 370 miles throughout the archdiocese to bring hope, joy and love for their future flocks.

Priests urged not to give religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccines

As some Catholics are seeking to skirt coronavirus vaccine mandates that are becoming more common, priests in the Archdiocese of New York have been advised to avoid that process. People may "exercise discretion" on the vaccines, but "priests should not be active participants to such actions."

Louisiana eucharistic boat procession celebrates faith, family, tradition

The 40-mile procession by boat and on foot along the Bayou Teche in the Lafayette Diocese is now in its seventh year, and offers prayers to Mary. This year's procession marks the 256th anniversary of the arrival of the Catholic Acadians to Louisiana.

Federal judge blocks Texas order stopping transportation of migrants

The governor had halted transportation by anyone other than local or federal authorities following an incident involving a Catholic nonprofit. The now-blocked order gave troopers the ability to pull over and impound a suspected vehicle.

800-year-old church organ in Bethlehem may breath new life

A project to study and restore the 221 remaining original organ pipes from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem may fill a gap of knowledge in the history of the organ and its cultural context, medieval church culture, music and technology.

Hundreds of migrants stuck in limbo on rescue boats in Mediterranean

Two boats carrying 800 migrants saved from sinking or overcrowded vessels have been forced to roam the international waters of the Mediterranean for more than four days, awaiting permission to dock at a port. Some 30,000 migrants have entered Italy by sea this year.

Knights of Columbus honor family, local councils

During their annual convention the Knights recognized the good works of a family in Poland, and the efforts last year of five councils -- three in the U.S. -- to help men become better fathers and help foster families' faith amid the pandemic lockdown, among other works.

Brother James Gavin, beloved Franciscan friar, dies at 89

The Capuchin Franciscan was born to a large family in Ireland and eventually made his way to Pennsylvania and, through religious life, a 20-year assignment at St. John the Evangelist Parish in center city Philadelphia where he was humble but not meek.

Catholic high school graduate drafted, signs with Kansas City Royals

Shane Panzini, who attended Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey, said "it felt really cool" to graduate to the majors.

N.J. Catholic high school alum breaks world record to win 400m hurdle gold

Sydney McLaughlin crossed the finish line to win the gold in the 400-meter hurdles Aug. 3 in Tokyo, as former classmates from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains cheered at home.