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USCCB: On Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Reaffirms Church’s Solidarity with Immigrants

‘O Holy Night’ tops all hymns used in churches in December, according to poll

The Christmas carol "O Holy Night" ranked first in a list of hymns most played in December at Christian churches in the United States.

For converts to Catholicism, RCIA is now ‘OCIA’: What’s behind name change?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by which the church brings in new converts and educates catechumens and candidates, has been a staple in Catholic life and lingo for years.

Pastor reflects on 10th anniversary of Sandy Hook school shooting

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, there was an outpouring of generosity from all over the world. "We were overwhelmed with things people sent us, from ornaments and prayer chains to cards and donations," Msgr. Weiss said.

TV show about the Crusades premiers at Utah Catholic parish

The crusading King Richard the Lionheart came to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Park City, Nov. 18, when "Knights of the Cross" premiered in the parish's gymnasium.

USCCB committee decries rising antisemitism in U.S.

Saying they are outraged by growing "antisemitic rhetoric" across the country, members of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs urged Christians to decry hate-filled statements and violence aimed at Jewish individuals, homes and institutions.

Retired Bishop Swain of Sioux Falls, S.D., dies; headed diocese 2006-2019

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Dec. 3 at the cathedral with Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis presiding.

Young people tell bishops of their desire to grow in faith, in the church

About 325 ministry leaders, young adults and bishops came together for the "Journeying Together" process.

Catholics urged to focus on Holy Family, the Eucharist during Advent

In the Diocese of Nashville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding has asked Catholics to focus on the Holy Family this Advent.

Washington Archdiocese’s pro-life Mass in January to have more local focus

In one change, the archdiocese has canceled its long-running arena-size Youth Rally and Mass for Life to instead host a smaller Youth Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Life Jan. 20.