Catholic Compass
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

FADICA joins Catholics around the world in celebrating the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.  This unique ceremony, held on April 27th, marked a historic moment for the Catholic Church and the first time two popes have been canonized simultaneously.  We join in celebrating this holy and joyful moment, the canonization of two beloved popes, in the history of the Church.  To read Pope Francis’ remarks and other information about the canonization, visit the Vatican’s dedicated page.  You can also watch the Vatican video of the liturgy, that h... [full release »]

Monday, April 28, 2014

Catholic philanthropists are helping create sustainable models for Catholic schools, explains Christine Healey, FADICA Affinity Group co-chair on Catholic Schools and President of the Healey Education Foundation, in a recent interview with National Catholic Reporter.  In the article, Signs of Hope for Catholic Schools, Christine recounts how in 1997 her father Robert Healey, working closely with the diocese of Camden and other foundations, helped devise a new model to save five failing inner city schools in Camden, NJ.  Thus Catholic Partnership Schools was formed.  All five sch... [full release »]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over 75 young people in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO, shared how women religious have played a meaningful role in their lives and communities in a recent essay contest held by the Incarnate Word Foundation, a FADICA member.   In a proclamation presented at the awards ceremony, St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay designated March 31st as Catholic Sisters Day.  In recognition of Catholic Sisters Week, a new part of Women’s History month in March, students from grades 5-12 honored both past and present women religious, from their favorite teachers and principals, to re... [full release »]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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