How Europe’s Bishops Plan To Guide The Church Through Murky Waters
By Elise Harris
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco has been elected the new President of the European Bishops Conference – a move which makes a clear statement in terms of how the continent’s leaders plan on facing a broad spectrum of current crises.
An outspoken voice on many current issues, Bagnasco has come out as a hard-hitter on several biggies, including gender theory, abortion, civil unions and…
Dutch Want Right-To-Die For People Who Feel ‘Their Life Is Complete’
By CNA/EWTN News
The Dutch government is set to legalize euthanasia for people who don’t want to live anymore but are not necessarily terminally ill or experiencing extreme suffering.
In a briefing to parliament on Wednesday, the health and justice ministers said that people who “have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish that life in a manner…
Have Grandkids? Pope Francis Wants You To Talk With Them
By Hannah Brockhaus
On Saturday, Pope Francis told grandparents that they are valuable and that their wisdom should be shared with the younger generation, to help them grow and to support them in their faith.
“And talk to your grandchildren, talk. Let them ask you questions,” he said. They may be different from you, they may do other things, “they like other music... but they need the elderly, this…
Pope At Canonization Mass: Prayer Isn’t Always Easy, Pray Anyway
By Hannah Brockhaus
On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized seven new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that prayer isn’t always a smooth path, but that like the saints, Christ supports us even when it is difficult.
“The saints are men and women who enter fully into the mystery of prayer. Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy Spirit pray and struggle in them,” Pope Francis said Oct.…
Teachers Helping Teachers for Christ: Catholic Schools Take the Lead
How can Catholic School teachers help each other when they are spread out across the state? The Birmingham Catholic School system has taken the lead by using technology to help teachers connect. This Fall, our Diocesan School system became the first in Alabama (public or private) to host a wide-scale Google Summit in partnership with Eduscape, a professional learning organization that helps teachers work together.
Fran Lawlor is the Superintendent…
St. Bernard Prep Seniors
Honored at Dedication Mass
CULLMAN -- Forty St. Bernard Prep School seniors were recognized by the school community, parents, grandparents and friends on Oct. 5 in the Abbey Church. The Senior Dedication Mass was held to recognize the senior class and their role of leadership in the school. Abbot Cletus Meagher reminded all in attendance to be aware of their role of leadership by asking them to whom they dedicate themselves, and to what they dedicate…
Dominican Nuns In Marbury
Welcome New Postulant
MARBURY -- The Dominican nuns joyfully announce the entrance of their new postulant, Sister Anna, on Oct. 1. Growing up in Bethel, Ohio, a small town east of Cincinnati, Sister Anna first learned of the monastery in 2006 when another young woman from her homeschool group entered the community. Would she herself become a nun? “I could never pray that much!” she thought. When she realized that prayer was not a laundry-list for…
Performance To Feature Life Of St. Catherine Of Siena
CULLMAN -- The Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman is pleased to host Dominican Sister Nancy Murray as she brings to life the extraordinary 14th century Dominican saint and Doctor of the Church, Catherine of Siena. With simple props and a fertile imagination, Sister Nancy portrays Catherine as the colorful, strong, passionate and enthusiastic personality that she was, offering a remarkable portrayal of an extraordinary woman in a performance that has inspired…