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Recent Articles from Arkansas Catholic

Using savings to pay off mortgage never a great idea

Published: August 12, 2022   

Dear Dave, My husband and I are retired. I receive a small pension, and we are both on Medicare and Social Security. We have about $25,000 left to pay on our mortgage, along with a second mortgage of $18,000. These are our only debts. We also have a... More 

Father Peter Le fosters faith among Vietnamese Catholics

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: August 12, 2022   

Friends, family and parishioners of Father Peter Quang Le knew the obstacles he faced on his 27-year journey to the priesthood. They celebrated with the associate pastor at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Barling on his 25th anniversary as a priest... More 

Immigrant Catholics founded Little Italy 100 years ago

By Chris Price, Published: August 11, 2022         

In Arkansas, it is rare to find a community built around the Church, but that is one of the things that sets Little Italy in central Arkansas uniquely apart. On Aug. 5-7, parishioners, descendants of Little Italy’s founding families and the community... More 

Former chancellor Bo McAllister became a deacon in 1993

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: August 10, 2022   

Deacon John “Bo” McAllister, former chancellor for canonical affairs for the Diocese of Little Rock until his retirement in 2015, died unexpectedly at the VA Hospital in Little Rock Aug. 3. He was 75  McAllister, a graduate of Arkansas... More 

God wants us to choose good behaviors to be happy

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 10, 2022   

Parents want their kids to have long, happy lives. For this reason, they take steps: to protect their children from danger to see to it that they grow in ways that are physically and spiritually healthy to develop in them self-discipline, and  to... More 

Ambassador: Pope to visit Ukraine before Kazakhstan trip

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Published: August 9, 2022   

Pope Francis plans to make his long-awaited visit to Ukraine before his trip to Kazakhstan in September, said Andrii Yurash, Ukraine's ambassador to the Holy See. In a series of tweets posted Aug. 6 after meeting with the pope, Yurash said the... More 

Vatican suggests lengthier, revamped marriage preparation

By Cindy Wooden, Published: August 4, 2022   

Saying "superficial" marriage preparation programs leave many couples at risk of having invalid marriages or unprepared to cope with the struggles that arise in every marriage, Pope Francis endorsed suggestions for a yearlong "marriage... More 

Writing decision to overturn Roe an 'honor,' says Justice

By Junno Arocho Esteves , Published: August 2, 2022   

In his first public comments since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its nearly 50-year-old decision that legalized abortion, Justice Samuel Alito said writing the ruling was an "honor." Delivering a July 21 keynote address at a gala dinner... More 

Fr. Polycarp Ssebbowa to celebrate silver anniversary

By Chris Price, Published: August 1, 2022   

As early as primary school, Polycarp Ssebbowa knew he wanted to become a priest. He mentioned that inkling to his pastor, who became his mentor. He fulfilled his wish on Aug. 15, 1997, when he was ordained a priest in his native Uganda. Next month,... More 

Help your parents and then help your parents get help

Published: July 29, 2022   

Dear Dave, I finished college a couple of years ago, and I have a good job making $65,000 a year. The only debt I have is about $5,000 remaining on a car loan, and I am paying that off as quickly as possible. At the same time, my mom and dad need repairs... More