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Giving beggars money

Q. We live in an area where a number of homeless people routinely hold up signs on street corners asking motorists for cash. Up until now, I have been giving them money every so often, as long as they ...



A little boy meets a pastorGreg Erlandson

A remarkable video of Pope Francis answering a young boy's deeply personal question was posted by Catholic News Service recently. It moved many viewers to tears. It also moved some Catholics to ...

Evangelicals and the First AmendmentRussell Shaw

According to reports, evangelical leaders are planning a gathering that will bring a thousand pastors to Washington later this spring to make plans for rallying their base on behalf of candidates supported ...

Part II -- 'Best Practices of Parish Evangelization'Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

In last week's article I shared the update about the progress of Disciples in Mission that was given at this year's Co-Workers Conference. In addition to giving the update, I was asked to moderate a panel ...

The Shepherd's VoiceScott Hahn

Jesus, in today's Gospel, says that he is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel. He is the shepherd-prince, the new David--who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one ...

A conversation about 'Humanae Vitae' may finally be possibleCharlie Camosy

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Can one imagine a more difficult year for "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") to be heard than 1968? Blessed Paul VI's encyclical came out just as the sexual revolution was picking up ...

Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questionsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Most people still remember the story of Nadya Suleman, dubbed "Octomom," a single woman who used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant with eight babies simultaneously. Suleman had asked her fertility ...

A Hispanic Catholic PentecostHosffman Ospino

One familiar question among those trying to get a better sense of the U.S. Hispanic Catholic experience is how many Roman Catholic Hispanics are charismatic. The point of contention usually is the definition ...

TrustworthyJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I love the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Maybe it is because the people in them always start off with worry and disbelief and end up with unshakeable faith. The Gospels recount this transformation ...