St. Clare parishioners see responsibility in religious freedom

For some parishioners at St. Clare in Essex, the “freedom to bear witness” is not just a warm, fuzzy concept, but a call to action.

Jose Sarcedo (from left), Zulma Riutort Badilla and Crucita Santiago, all parishioners of St. Clare in Essex, knock on doors in Fontana Village, a complex of townhomes in Rosedale, to witness to their faith and share information about their parish. (Erik Zygmont/CR Staff)

Military, faith form Texas Catholic's sense of duty to country, church

Master Sgt. Pablo H. Villescas was serving with the Army Reserve in Afghanistan when that country held its first free, direct elections.

Now-retired Master Sgt. Pablo H. Villescas, far left, is pictured while serving a tour in eastern Afghanistan in 2004. Villescas, the administrator for the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine, was in the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 35 years. (CNS photo/courtesy Father Amador Garza)

Helping environment, poverty requires change of heart, cardinal says

A Vatican official told a U.N. gathering the pope is calling on all societies to examine how they produce and consume goods.

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St. Clare parishioners see responsibility in religious freedom
Jul 04 2015
For some parishioners at St. Clare in Essex, the “freedom to bear witness” is not just a warm, fuzzy concept, but a call to action.

Military, faith form Texas Catholic's sense of duty to country, church
Jul 04 2015
Master Sgt. Pablo H. Villescas was serving with the Army Reserve in Afghanistan when that country held its first free, direct elections.

Helping environment, poverty requires change of heart, cardinal says
Jul 03 2015
A Vatican official told a U.N. gathering the pope is calling on all societies to examine how they produce and consume goods.

Catholic economist: Pope has 'measured' critique of U.S. economy
Jul 02 2015
Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free-market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives.

Sister Judith O'Neill, O.S.F., area educator, dies at 84
Jul 02 2015
A funeral Mass for Sister Judith O’Neill of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia was to be offered July 7 in Assisi House in Aston, Pa. Sister Judith, a professed Sister of St. Francis for 63 years, died June 29. She was 84.

Murdered mom of nine called 'beautiful person' who 'radiated kindness'
Jul 02 2015
Catholics and other members of the Asbury Park community remain shaken by the murder of a Catholic mother of nine who was a popular religious educator and a revered parish leader. More than two weeks after her death they are still trying to make sense of the tragedy and the violence that took the life of Tamara Seidle.