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By midday Nov. 16 firefighters had gained more ground in trying to contain the Camp Fire in Northern California, which is north of Sacramento and one of the deadliest blazes in the state. more
Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a mobile health care facility set up in St. Peter’s Square to serve the city’s homeless and poor. more
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Nov. 14 he had opened the bishops’ fall general assembly “expressing some disappointment,” but “I end it with hope.” more
A Vatican request that the U.S. bishops postpone voting on several proposals to address abuse was a disappointment but they “quickly took a deep breath” and realized they could still have a productive discussion about the measures, said Cardinal Dolan. more
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Robert A. Brucato, who served as vicar general and chancellor of the archdiocese, was pastor of three parishes and a military chaplain, died Nov. 7. He was 87. more
A rule finalizing the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate should be “the end of a long cultural war fight” over the issue and confirm that the U.S. government “never needed nuns to give out contraceptives” to women, said the president of the Becket law firm. more
Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it’s an election result. Sometimes it is the debate you never expected. Sometimes it’s that there’s no debate. more
The U.S. bishops took the first steps toward approving a pastoral letter against racism with the document’s introduction Nov. 13 during their annual fall general meeting. The proposed pastoral … more
With a solemn Mass, the mournful toll of bells, and patriotic songs and poems, more than 300 gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor those men and women who have served in the armed forces. more
Pope Francis will make a two-day apostolic visit to Morocco next year, the Vatican announced. more
In February of my sophomore year, I went on a service trip to the Romero Center in Camden, N.J. I knew a little bit about Archbishop Oscar Romero from my theology class in freshman year, but I never … more
Father Stephen Dyas, L.C., ran and completed his first TCS New York City Marathon, clocking a personal-best time of 3 hours, 25 minutes, 48 seconds over the 26.2 … more
When he was named a bishop in 1997, my Uncle Bob chose as his episcopal motto, “My heart is ready, O Lord” (Ps 57:8/108:2). The phrase captures the very essence of this good priest, this … more
Jews worldwide will remember the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. more
Break through every “wall” of gloom and resignation and help the world realize people need to take care of one another because they are all part of one human family, Pope Francis told Catholic journalists. more
With its newly launched clean energy project at five parishes, the archdiocese has taken another bold step in its commitment to protecting the environment. The pilot program at three parishes on … more
Deacon Farrell J. Hopkins, who served as deacon at St. Francis of Assisi parish in West Nyack, died Oct. 22 at a son’s home in New Hampshire. He was 87. Deacon Hopkins, while with St. Francis, … more
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez urged those attending a prayer vigil Nov. 8 to honor the memory of the victims killed in a shooting spree the evening before “by living our lives with greater intensity and purpose and with greater love for one another.” more
A federal appeals court ruled Nov. 8 in favor of keeping in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, rejecting the President Donald Trump administration’s efforts to end it. more
Sister Brigid Driscoll, R.S.H.M., who served as president of Marymount College in Tarrytown for 20 years, died Oct. 29 at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown. She was 84. Sister Brigid was Marymount … more
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