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Diocese celebrates World Marriage Day

This week, the One Voice publishes Deacon Neal Kay's homily from the diocesan celebration of World Marriage Day, Feb. 12, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. 

How rice bowls can build a ‘culture of encounter’ this Lent

How rice bowls can build a ‘culture of encounter’ this Lent

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

Through its annual rice bowl initiative, Catholic Relief Services has announced it will be promoting a “culture of encounter” in its Lenten operation.

“At a time when there is so much conflict in the world, this Lenten program gives people of all ages a way to respond to human suffering with compassion and action,” Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. operations for Catholic Relief Services, stated.

“To learn the names and stories of our brothers…

Vatican to crack down on illegal sale of papal symbols, coat of arms

Vatican to crack down on illegal sale of papal symbols, coat of arms

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday the Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the Pope or the Holy See and sell them for profit, intervening with “appropriate action” when necessary.

A Feb. 22 communique issued by the Secretariat of State said pointed out that among its various tasks, it also has “that of protecting the image of the Holy Father, so that his message can reach the faithful intact and…

Diocese to celebrate 50th anniversary in 2019 with Eucharistic Congress

By Bishop Robert J. Baker

The Diocese of Birmingham was established formally as a diocese by Pope Paul VI in the seventh year of his pontificate on June 28, 1969. On June 28, 2019, our diocese will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special celebration being planned to take place at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center on June 28th-29th of that year, exactly 50 years after its founding.

June 29th happens to be the Feast of St. Peter and Paul. St.…

Florist who lost religious liberty case says all freedoms are at stake

Florist who lost religious liberty case says all freedoms are at stake

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

A Washington florist fined for not serving a same-sex wedding out of conscience says the state's supreme court “violated” her freedoms by ruling against her on Thursday.

“What the court decided was that now the government has the power to separate me from my livelihood and my faith,” Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., told CNA in an interview.

“They're trying to compel me to design something that goes totally against my…

John Carroll girls’ basketball team wins 6A area 9 championship

John Carroll girls’ basketball team wins 6A area 9 championship

The John Carroll Cavaliers Varsity girls’ basketball team are the Class 6A Area 9 Champions! They won the area 9 championship tournament Feb. 10 in a heated battle at home against Bessemer City High School with a score of 73 to 54. The Cavaliers were the #1 seed in the tournament. Cavalier Katie Gagliano was named the tournament MVP. John Carroll remained undefeated in area play for the first time in school history!

JCCHS Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach Beth…

Alabama winner in longest married couple project announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Alabama winner in longest married couple project announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Robert and Phyllis Barrett of Cropwell are the 2017 State winners of the Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith based marriage enrichment program in this country. They have been married over 66 years and are still very active.

“It is an honor to announce that Robert and Phyllis Barrett are the Alabama winners,” explained Bob & Joy Hernandez, the WWME Alabama Leadership Team. WWME recognized Robert and Phyllis in a ceremony on Sunday,…

Irenaeus Ceballos Makes Final Profession Of Vows

Irenaeus Ceballos Makes  Final Profession Of Vows

CULLMAN – Brother Irenaeus E. Ceballos professed his solemn vows as a monk of St. Bernard Abbey on Feb. 15 in the Abbey Church. Benedictine Abbot Cletus D. Meagher was the main celebrant and officiated at the vows ceremonies. He was joined by the monks of St. Bernard Abbey, friends of Brother Irenaeus and the students of the St. Bernard Preparatory and Middle School.

In his homily, Abbot Cletus reminded Brother Irenaeus, who is a native of Columbia, SA, that he…

Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?

Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity.

It wasn't until after her death, for the vast majority of people, that this part of Mother Teresa's spiritual life was uncovered. “It was a big discovery,” Missionary of Charity priest, Fr. Vazhakala told CNA.  

When Mother Teresa's cause for canonization was opened, just two…

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