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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 

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 

Strategies change for pregnancy resource centers post-Roe

By Chris Price, Published: July 29, 2022      

“Disbelief.” That’s how Shelley Lewis, executive director of the Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center in Little Rock, described learning the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in this country. “It... More 

Another Arkansas priest raised to the ministry of bishop

By Malea Hargett, Published: July 28, 2022         

With a series of “I dos,” Bishop Erik T. Pohlmeier was married to the Diocese of St. Augustine during his episcopal ordination July 22 at St. Joseph Church in Jacksonville. His parents, Deacon Tom and Sharon Pohlmeier of St. Joseph Church... More 

Oberammergau Passion Play highlights summer pilgrimages

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: July 27, 2022      

More than 80 pilgrims from Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and New Mexico traveled to Europe in June and July to participate in Arkansas Catholic’s pilgrimage to see the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. Leading the first tour June... More