USCCB president, pope call for prayers after ‘unspeakable terror’

WASHINGTON (CNS)—The nation has experienced “yet another night filled with unspeakable terror” and “we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. In Las Vegas, a gunman now identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was perched high on the 32nd floor of a hotel and from his room unleashed a…Keep Reading

Youth in Mission scholarships available

Piper Martin serves on a building team in Guatemala with help from a scholarship award from Youth in Mission. The local nonprofit is accepting applications for mission trip scholarships until Nov. 15. ATLANTA—Do you or anyone you know plan to travel on a mission trip in 2018? Youth in Mission helps eligible middle school, high school and college students who want to serve on mission trips, but lack the funds…Keep Reading

St. Anthony of Padua Church to host social justice forum

ATLANTA—St. Anthony of Padua Church will have its first social justice forum Sunday, Oct. 22, at 10:15 a.m., following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. The church is located at 928 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, in Atlanta. The Sybil M. Robinson Social Justice Forum will feature the program, “When the Innocent are Imprisoned.” Guest speakers will be Clare Gilbert and Grace Akan, of the Georgia Innocence Project, and Calvin Johnson, who…Keep Reading

Father Daniel Ketter appointed Atlanta’s judicial vicar

SMYRNA—Father Daniel Ketter was recently appointed the judicial vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. Ordained in 2008, Father Ketter has served in the archdiocesan Tribunal since 2015. He earned a licentiate in canon law that same year from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Father Daniel Ketter succeeded Bishop Luis R. Zarama, the new bishop for the Diocese of Raleigh, as the judicial vicar for…Keep Reading

Blessed are the merciful

This is the sixth column in a 10-part series “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Mt 5:7 Twice in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus chides the leaders among the Pharisees to “go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’” In both instances, Jesus uses a quote from Hosea 6:6 about mercy and sacrifice to invite the Pharisees and all his listeners to…Keep Reading

Nichole Golden named as new editor

Nichole Golden ATLANTA—Nichole Golden is the new editor of The Georgia Bulletin. The appointment, effective Oct. 1, was announced by Mary Anne Castranio, executive editor of the newspaper. Golden succeeds Gretchen Keiser, who retired at the end of September. Castranio said, “Nichole’s work as an accomplished reporter and storyteller has been invaluable, as well as her willingness to contribute to the overall excellence of our newspaper. Her editorial experience will…Keep Reading

Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

WASHINGTON (CNS)—A prayer here, a share on social media there, a voice of support in a letter to the editor, even a get-to-know-others potluck. Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two years to encounter people on the move. In the U.S., the church’s leading organizations have developed a series of activities, including prayers, that…Keep Reading

Share hope with those seeking better lives, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis said. “Those who come to our land and we who go toward their heart to understand them, to understand their culture and language” embark on a shared journey that “without hope cannot be…Keep Reading

Sainthood in our times

Elizabeth Ann Seton became our first native-born American saint in 1975. Katharine Drexel, the Philadelphia heiress, then followed her to the altar and was canonized 25 years later. These extraordinary women of faith brought luster and pride to our nation. Now it’s the “boys’” turn. Blessed Stanley Francis Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma who was beatified Sept. 23, is our first martyred American priest. He was an…Keep Reading

Mirror, mirror on the wall—get lost!

“Her hair is too straight and she’s so skinny—she’ll never be pretty.” This was my mother’s earliest memory, which she shared with me. The speaker was one of my mom’s seven aunts, who perhaps thought the little girl in question couldn’t hear her. The comment made a deep impression, however, and shaped my mother’s self-image as someone who didn’t measure up to her aunt’s standards. I can still see my…Keep Reading