The Sign of a Snow Squall in May

It snowed this month. Not the heaviest snow I have ever seen, but still snow, with wind that bent the trees. A sort of snow squall. And here in a suburb of New York City, on the ninth of May — May, the “pretty little month,” when the dogwoods bloom with their blood-...

PMS Covid-19 Fund Aids Poor Clares of Casablanca

The Covid-19 Emergency Fund established by the Pontifical Mission Societies guarantees the necessary support for the maintenance of the Poor Clares community of the monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Casablanca (archdiocese of Rabat), whose existence has been...

Archbishop Follo: Filled with the Holy Spirit and Amazed

Pentecost – Year A- May 31st, 2020 Roman Rite Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3-7.12-13; Jn 20:19-23 Ambrosian Rite Acts 2:1-11; Ps 103; 1 Cor 12:1- 11; Jn 14:15-20 1) Pentecost: amazement for a great gift. “The day of Pentecost, when the disciples ‘were filled with the Holy...

English Bishop Hails Key Workers as ‘New Icons Of Esteem’

Speaking in his May 28 homily during the latest weekly Mass for the sick, their families, care workers, and NHS staff, Bishop of Middlesbrough Terry Drainey said he believed the increasing desire to foster the common good seen in recent months will last beyond the...

German bishop quits synodal forum endorsing 'polyvalent sexuality'

CNA Staff, May 28, 2020 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- An auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cologne has announced he is no longer participating in the “Synodal Forum” on sexuality that is part of the “Synodal Path” underway in Germany. Bishop...

Diocese of Pittsburgh announces next round of parish mergers

CNA Staff, May 28, 2020 / 04:17 pm (CNA).- This summer, the Diocese of Pittsburgh will initiate another round of mergers, bringing its current 152 parishes down to 106. While the consolidation is difficult, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said, it will allow the Church...

The Eucharistic Famine & Homeschool Blues

At the outset of the Covid pandemic, every single diocese in the United States suspended public Masses. For over two months—including Easter Sunday—most of us have been in exiled from our churches and chapels. Was it right for the bishops to keep us from the Blessed...

Catholic colleges work together to help students hit by closure

Washington D.C., May 28, 2020 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- Two Catholic universities have struck up a plan to help students complete their degrees after one of the schools announced it would be unable to reopen for class in the next academic year. The Catholic University of...