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Published: September 2, 2020   
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Sales of sacramental wine, altar bread take economic hit 

WASHINGTON — With the global pandemic practically shutting everything down for months, the sacramental wine and altar bread business has suffered like other businesses in the country, with COVID-19 preventing most indoor public celebrations of the Mass.

Culture of vocations

Christ the King Church in Little Rock has produced more priests and seminarians than any other parish in the diocese since 2012. They have had seven priests, two deacons who will be priests in May 2021 and three … (Photo)

Counties in Dubuque Archdiocese hit by powerful derecho

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Sirens that usually warn people about approaching tornadoes went off about 15 minutes before the derecho storm struck the area of Cedar Rapids where St. Pius the X Church is located.

Vatican fights mafia’s ‘deviant spirituality’

VATICAN CITY — Given the many criminal organizations and gangs worldwide that have distorted the true role and image of Mary, a pontifical academy has unveiled a new department dedicated to fighting “this deviant spirituality.”

Religious brother uses art to heal wounds of racism

PHILADELPHIA — As the nation continues to grapple with the issue of racism, an acclaimed liturgical artist and retreat leader is using his gifts to foster healing and justice.

How often do I have to go to confession? 

Q. In one of your columns, you stated: “Strictly speaking, one is obliged to go to the sacrament of penance only for serious sins — although it is certainly a good idea to confess regularly even for lesser sins and imperfections.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, however (no. 1457), that all Catholics should go to confession at least once a year. Can you explain? (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

Despite pandemic interruption, the best things in life go on 

I had an occasion to go to the bank drive-thru the other day. As I was awaiting my transaction to be completed, I caught a glimpse of myself in the window, bandana tied over my face in the name of COVID-19. A few years back, I was nearly gang-tackled and tased having walked into a bank lobby on a winter’s day with a stocking cap on and my hood pulled up. Now here I am looking for all the world like Jesse James and no one bats an eye. (Columns)

Christians, be courageous, share with others

It has been said countless times during the past several months, but it bears repeating: We are in uncharted territory. (Guest commentary)

Commit to civility, respect in election

As we are now less than 70 days ahead of the election, we should be preparing to cast our vote. Many of us have requested mail-in ballots while the rest of us will vote in person. (Editorial)

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