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Published: April 7, 2021   
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Easter attendance expected far behind pre-pandemic levels

WASHINGTON -- The coronavirus pandemic, as declared last March by the World Health Organization, was not even two weeks old when then-President Donald Trump famously said he wanted to see "packed churches" on Easter. That didn't happen.


Andrew J. "Andy" Lucas, Jr., 91, a member of St. Joseph Church in Fayetteville, died March 15. He is survived by …

Missionary goal: Deliver the ‘good news of a God of love’

DENVER (CNS) -- Denver Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez had two questions about sharing the Catholic faith for participants in this year’s Fellowship of Catholic University Students conference: “Are we presenting in our message the true image of God? Are we delivering the good news of a God of love?”

Ministry says Mexican border surge puts strain on shelters

PALENQUE, Mexico -- The Mexican bishops' migrant ministry says people are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border with illusions of easily entering the United States, but they risk being returned to Mexico under rules for expelling people rapidly during the pandemic.

‘Lady in Blue’ evangelized Native Americans by mystical power of God

I first learned the fascinating story about the “Lady in Blue” as part of an introduction to the Catholic Church in the United States during classes at the former Little Rock Theology Institute. (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What Holy Week observance impacts your faith the most?

“The service on Holy Saturday, or Black Saturday, impacts my faith life the most because it is a reminder of what our lives would be like without Jesus. The abstinence from Eucharist (until) Holy Saturday is a reminder of …" (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

How can we possibly try to ‘bless the Lord’?

Q Please clarify something that I don’t understand when I am praying. In the Gloria at Sunday Mass, we say, “We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you.” In Psalm 63, we pray, “I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.” … My question is this: What does it mean for us to “bless the Lord?” How can we do that? (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

Catholic history cannot forget Mother Tolton

As a historian who is Black and Catholic, I am often asked how I can keep the faith knowing that my Church’s history includes people who were most prominent slaveholding families. (Columns)

State’s conscience law has good intentions

A new Arkansas law is getting a lot of attention around the country. The Medical Ethics and Diversity Act, which takes effect in August, allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals to refuse to give non-emergency treatment prohibited by the health care worker’s religious or moral beliefs. “Health care institutions and health care payers” are also protected. (Editorial)

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