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What to do about Halloween? Catholic moms – and an exorcist – weigh in

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

For years, Cecilia Cunningham and her husband took their children trick-or-treating in their then-suburban Philadelphia neighborhood.


“It was the kind of neighborhood outside of Philadelphia where everybody knew each other, and it was a really fun neighborhood thing,” Cunningham told CNA. “People were just out talking while kids were trick or treating, and it had been really nice up until that point.”

That point, Cunningham recalled, was in the early…

What is a Eucharistic Congress?

By Alex Kubik, Mission & Discipleship Coordinator

The first time I heard the term Eucharistic Congress was in the mid-1990’s. Someone was trying to refer to a commonly sung hymn, and he referenced it saying, “You know, the one from the Eucharistic Congress.” Well, I knew the hymn, but I certainly did NOT know the Eucharistic Congress. The phrase called to my mind an image of some strange mix of a PBS special about the signing of the Declaration of Independence…

St. Vincent’s Health System to adopt Ascension as part of its name

Birmingham, AL – St. Vincent’s Health System (STVHS) will add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health. In moving toward a unified name, St. Vincent’s will change its name to Ascension St. Vincent’s and adopt the Ascension logo. 

By creating more consistent names for its facilities and services across the country, Ascension will better connect every aspect of…

Dr. Anders’ reflections on Reformation now online

Dr. Anders’ reflections on Reformation now online

On Oct. 31, the Christian world will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. At a distance of 5 centuries, the origins of the Reformation and the motivations which animated the early reformers are often misunderstood. Dr. David Anders, diocesan director of education, offers clarifying reflections on this important subject in a short series of online videos.

In his first presentation, "Why Was There a Reformation? Surprising Facts Rarely Said," Dr. Anders looks back centuries before the eruption of…

Denver archbishop addresses teen social media use, suicide spike

Denver archbishop addresses teen social media use, suicide spike

By CNA/EWTN News

The growing problem of teen suicide is one that should be met with prayer and efforts to help young people develop healthy use of social media, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver in a recent column.

“Suicide by teens in Colorado is tragically on the rise,” Archbishop Aquila said in an Oct. 24 column for the Denver Catholic.

“In 2014 there were 50 students who took their own life, but in 2015 the toll rose to 72 and remained…

What it’s like to be a missionary in Central African Republic

What it’s like to be a missionary in Central African Republic

By Barbara Bustamante, ACI Prensa

Especially in war-torn Central African Republic, Christians are called to the virtues of forgiveness and mercy, reflected a priest from Chile who has spent 12 years as a missionary in the central African country.

“Being a Christian in the Central African Republic means witnessing to the forgiveness and mercy of God,” Fr. Yovane Cox told ACI Prensa.

The Central African Republic has suffered violence since December 2012, when several bands of mainly Muslim rebel groups…

Pope: Heaven isn’t a ‘fairy tale’ – it’s an embrace with God

Pope: Heaven isn’t a ‘fairy tale’ – it’s an embrace with God

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God’s promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven.

“Paradise is not a fairy tale, nor is it an enchanted garden. Paradise is an embrace with God, (who is) infinite Love, and we enter thanks to Jesus, who died on the cross for us,”…

Bishop holds Cross-cultrual Listening Sessions

Bishop Baker held an Encuentro V listening session for the Hispanic community at Sacred Heart Parish in Cullman on Oct. 14 and a Race-Relations Listening Session at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Oct. 15. Coverage will be featured in the Oct. 20 issue of the One Voice.

Diocese holds special Masses

Bishop Baker celebrated the annual White Mass for medical professionals Oct. 18 at St. Stephen's in Birmingham. Deacon Christopher Roskco's homily can be seen in the Nov. 3 issue of the One Voice.

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