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Clergy blast Texas lawsuit targeting migrant ministry

By Kate Scanlon, Published: February 29, 2024   

Catholic leaders and local officials condemned Feb. 23 an attempt by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to shut down a Catholic nonprofit serving migrants and asylum-seekers at the Southern border, calling it an abuse of power and a violation of religious... More 

Diocese to combat decline in women religious vocations

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: February 28, 2024   

It’s rare to see a religious sister working in a parish or school in Arkansas. In 1965, women's religious vocations were thriving in the United States, with 179,954 sisters. But today, that number has drastically dropped.  A 2021... More 

Arkansas women are discerning call to religious life

By Aprille Hanson Spivey , Published: February 28, 2024      

When Sister Magdalene Marie Moseley, a novice with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, helps minister to the poor and suffering in The Bronx in New York City, she knows God placed her right where she needs to be.  Josie Nunez, also discerning... More 

Brother Ambrose Fryer removed from ministry at Subiaco

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: February 27, 2024   

Subiaco Abbey announced Feb. 23 that Brother Ambrose Fryer, OSB, was removed from active ministry. Abbot Elijah Owens, OSB, said in a statement posted on countrymonks.org, “In recent months Brother Ambrose Fryer had been experiencing anxiety... More 

As Vatican urges disarmament, Russia eyes space weapon

By Kate Scanlon , Published: February 27, 2024   

The United States has new intelligence about new Russian capabilities concerning a space-based nuclear weapon that could threaten the U.S. satellite network, according to multiple reports. The development underscores the greater urgency that the Vatican... More 

Fund helping families with sick children at hospital

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: February 27, 2024   

During tax season, Arkansans have an opportunity to give back to their community when filling out their state income tax form.  The Arkansas Children’s Catastrophic Illness Grant Program, better known as the Baby Sharon Fund, gives out monthly... More 

Ukrainian Church faces 'eradication' if Russia wins

By Gina Christian, Published: February 26, 2024   

As Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine reaches the two-year mark Feb. 24, OSV News sat down with Metropolitan Archbishop Borys A. Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, who recently returned from his latest visit to Ukraine,... More 

Papineau steps back after 20 years in parochial league

By Dwain Hebda, Published: February 23, 2024   

On the second floor of Mount St. Mary Academy, a collection of athletic high schoolers stretch for track practice. Running in the halls, as almost everyone knows, has long been strictly forbidden here but today presents a rare exception to the long-standing... More 

St. Theresa girls’ basketball: there’s no ‘i’ in ‘team’

By Dwain Hebda, Published: February 23, 2024   

Juan Valenzuela loves basketball. He’s played it since he was a kid and continues to participate in adult leagues. He’s an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan, the kind that wears his purple and gold loyalties, literally, on his sleeve. On top of... More 

Pope: For Lent, put appearances aside and listen to God

By Justin McLellan, Published: February 22, 2024   

In an age when even one's most intimate thoughts and feelings can become fodder for social media, Lent is a time to cast aside appearances and to find God at work in the depths of the heart, Pope Francis said. Without realizing it, Christians have... More