MOUNT ANGEL — Benedictine Sister Alberta Dieker was surrounded by family and her religious community Feb. 12 as she renewed her monastic profession. It was a rite she first performed in 1942.
“Sister Alberta is a walking encyclopedia and an amazing conversationalist,” says a tribute from her religious sisters. “If you want an interesting, informative visit with someone who has seen almost a century of history and loves life, our community would name Sister Alberta as the one to visit.”
EUGENE — Eugene police estimate that hundreds of people, many of them minors, are pimping or being prostituted on any given night in this college town. A group of Catholics is fed up.
“We want to spread the word that human trafficking is still an issue in our world, in our country and in this neighborhood where we are standing,” said Jerry Ragan, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Eugene and former principal of St. Paul School.
WASHINGTON — The third day of confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, continued along similar lines of questioning and failed to spark high drama.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."
VATICAN CITY — Some 5 million people in South Sudan -- half of its total population -- are on the brink of starvation and a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished, a representative from the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services said.
NEW YORK — Evangelization, mercy, encounter and accompaniment are the hallmarks of the first four years of Pope Francis' papacy, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, said March 15.