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Published: July 3, 2019   

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Approach altar with gratitude, not in a ‘mechanical way’

VATICAN CITY -- Every time a Catholic receives Communion, it should be like his or her first Communion, Pope Francis said.

Half of Catholics age 30 and younger have left the Church

BALTIMORE -- Although the U.S. bishops’ spring assembly in Baltimore was mostly devoted to responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, the bishops also considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. Church leaders: How to get religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” particularly young people, back to the Catholic Church.

Holy boldness: Profile of women religious rises at Vatican

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican can move at a snail’s pace but looking back over the past six years, the profile of women, especially women religious, at Vatican events has risen sharply.

What to do when the homily is unintelligible?

Q. We have a very small congregation that has lost numerous families over the past few years. Our problem is this: Our priest is from Uganda; he is a good person, but it is nearly impossible to understand his English. The bits and pieces of his homily that I do understand seem to have little continuity or message. Yet he speaks for 20 or 25 minutes, while the congregation just looks around at one another. (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

When storm winds blow, we may discover our true nature

As I write this, my beloved and I are entering our fourth day without electrical power. The storms that flashed through Central Arkansas June 19 brought down limbs on homes and power lines, plunging thousands of people into the Middle Ages. We emerged the next day from darkened homes, sealed garages and stuttering generators. (Columns)

Parental rights cases getting more common

Some perplexing decisions have come out of the courts in England as they make life and death decisions. (Editorial)

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