Diocesan News

2016 Lenten Programs

Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will offer the Sacrament of Penance each Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to noon and 4:30 to 5 p.m. Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday at 7:30 p.m. Simple meatless meals will be served … Continue reading

Bishops, pros approve anti-euthanasia initiative

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England – Belgium’s Catholic bishops welcomed a statement by top medical professors, psychiatrists and ethicists, who rejected a proposal to allow euthanasia for patients facing “psychological suffering.” “We’re always opposed to euthanasia, so … Continue reading

Priest speaks out against attack by gunman

By Veronica Ambuul Catholic News Service   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A priest who celebrates Mass every Friday morning on a sidewalk near the Planned Parenthood clinic targeted by a lone gunman Nov. 27 said the shooter’s actions were the … Continue reading

An ‘urban hermit’ tells her story

By Robert Duncan Catholic News Service FLORENCE, Italy — Julia Bolton Holloway, a Dante scholar with a doctorate in medieval studies, lives among some of the greatest monuments of the Renaissance. She is also a Catholic “urban hermit,” who practices … Continue reading

Pope to visit synagogue in Rome

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service   VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit Rome’s synagogue and meet with the city’s Jewish community Jan. 17, the Vatican announced. Invited by Rome’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, Pope Francis will be … Continue reading

Bishop calls Catholic men to get off sidelines

By Tony Gutierrez Catholic News Service   PHOENIX — Catholic men must reclaim and live the virtue of Christian masculinity, Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted says in his newly released apostolic exhortation, “Into the Breach.” Addressed to Catholic men in … Continue reading