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Pope tells new Swiss Guards they represent a church that welcomes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting new recruits to the Swiss Guard, Pope Francis thanked the...


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Move to waive vaccine patents is good step, says Catholic health official

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Biden administration’s May 5 announcement that it supports waiving intellectual property...

Series of Webinars Launched by USCCB to Uphold the Fruitful Work of Lay Ecclesial Ministers in the Church

WASHINGTON – In the ongoing effort to affirm and exemplify the contributions of lay ecclesial ministers in the Catholic Church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a series of webinars and testimonial videos.

Entitled “Co-Workers: Bishops and Lay Ecclesial Ministers in Conversation,” the series is co-hosted by the USCCB’s Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth (LMFLY) and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and is open to all pastoral leaders in the Church.

Several webinars have already been recorded and the series continues on May 17 with a segment featuring Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez of Philadelphia, accompanied by Matt Davis and Marisally Santiago, two lay leaders who work with the archbishop in Philadelphia.

Previous installments in this series are available for viewing and as additional segments are produced will be available on the USCCB website at:

  • Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland in Oregon with Julie Onderko (January 2021)
  • Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend with Esther Terry (February 2021)
  • Bishop William A. Wack, CSC, of Pensacola-Tallahassee with Sharmane Adams and Chris Benzinger (March 2021)
  • Bishop David Konderla of Tulsa with Dr. Richard Meloche, Adam Minihan, and Dr. Christine Myers (April 2021)

With this series, the LMFLY Secretariat hopes to uphold the work of lay ecclesial ministers, and also recognize and speak to some of the challenges they experience in their ministry, including the COVID pandemic, the economy, and the impact it has on all those who minister in the Church. To learn more about the role of the laity in the Church visit:


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Pope prays emergency workers in India find strength to persevere

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As India faces a massive surge in new infections and deaths...

“Chronicles of Faith: David”—Introducing Scripture to a New Generation

Are we twenty-first-century Catholics in the middle of an exciting renaissance of the Christian creative genius? It seems so. Thanks to social media and crowdfunding sites, it is easier than ever for independent artists, musicians, and writers to share their work with audiences who are hungering to be entertained and inspired. Even comic books are experiencing a resurgence in popularity and cultural influence, thanks in large part to the success of big-budget Hollywood franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Voyage Comics founder Philip Kosloski and I discussed in a recent interview for Word on Fire, the comic book scene is currently dominated by secular voices, but Christian comic creators have never been better poised to evangelize the culture through this dynamic literary and artistic medium. Very recently, I had the pleasure of reading a new comic book, Chronicles of Faith: David, that, through its gorgeous artwork and…

Facing death, priest turns his farewell into teachable moment

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines

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First Communion recipient overcomes obstacle, gives hope to others

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Pope: One act of pure love is greatest miracle Christians can perform

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Contemplative prayer transforms and purifies the human heart, Pope Francis said....