Catholic Compass

On January 1st, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ message for the 48th World Day of Peace entitled, “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters," the message calls for an end to human trafficking and slavery— a strong priority and concern of Pope Francis.    Read about Catholic sisters who were instrumental in the Pope’s choice of this theme. [full release »]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a plan, Expanding the Catholic Church's Commitment to the Ebola Emergency Response  which provides details of how the church has responded to the Ebola crisis to date on the local level and what more needs to be done. (CNS, 01.07.2015) The plan notes that “the Church has been providing health care for decades in this region and is an essential part of the overall health care infrastructure. The health care system has been overwhelmed by this epidemic and already had been facing grave challenges as a result of years of armed conf... [full release »]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Christmas, as we prepare room for the Christ child born in Bethlehem, two Catholic ministries demonstrate Christ's incarnation every day in the very town where Christ was born. Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem supports vulnerable mothers and babies. And Bethlehem University, a Christian Brothers ministry, is an oasis of peace and the only Catholic university in the Holy Land. [full release »]

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cardinal Felix Recognized for Work with Poor & Disenfranchised

At the first papal consistory held earlier this year, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix to Cardinal in recognition of Cardinal Felix’s lifetime of selfless service to the poor and disenfranchised. Born in Dominica and ordained in 1956, he is the first cardinal to be named from the Antilles bishops' conference. While serving as Archbishop in St. Lucia, Cardinal Felix worked tirelessly serving the needs of primary and secondary Catholic schools, vocational schools, and homes for the elderly, homeless and orphans.   Currently in Dominica, Cardinal Felix continues ... [full release »]

Monday, October 06, 2014

A Different Africa in Wake of Ebola Epidemic

On the ground in Liberia, Msgr. Robert Vitillo of Caritas International reflects on the "No Touch" policy in place to address the current Ebola epidemic in Ebola-affected countries in Africa. “From the moment that our plane touched down, we were confronted with buckets of bleach water…and with people armed with ‘gun thermometers’ to take our temperatures before we could even step into the terminal building,” Msgr. Vitillo said. Learn more about what the international community can do to help. [full release »]

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Charitable giving by Americans continues to rise according to Giving USA 2014: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013.  Unfortunately, charitable contributions to religious organizations have not kept up the pace. Overall contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations totaled $335 billion in 2013, a 3 percent increase over 2012, when adjusted for inflation, according to the report. In the last decade, total giving has increased by over $97 billion or over $34 billion when adjusted for inflation. If the total giving continues to grow at the current, inflated a... [full release »]

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

During this season of Pentecost, Pope Francis has invited us to reflect on the ways we allow the Holy Spirit to come and transform our own lives. While celebrating mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis called on Catholics to reflect about "the living memory of the Church" which “solicits a response from us...The more generous our response the more Jesus’ words become life in us, become attitudes, choices, deeds, witnesses.”    To read the Pope’s Pentecostal homily, click here. [full release »]

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The future of Catholicism in the U.S. relies heavily on the Church’s ability to attract and retain young Hispanics, according to a new study recently released by Boston College in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.  The report titled, “The National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry,” is the first national study to focus exclusively on Catholic parishes with Hispanic ministries.  In the early 80s, Hispanics represented 25% of the U.S. Catholic population, and 15% of all parishes served... [full release »]

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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