Articles by The Catholic Sun

Early reviews negative on Senate Republicans’ health care bill

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Initial reaction from religious leaders was negative to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate’s health care reform measure that was unveiled June 22 in “discussion draft” form by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. One feature of the bill is…


Islamic State followers said to desecrate Catholic chapel in Mindanao

By Catholic News Service COTABATO, Philippines (CNS) — Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato has condemned “in the strongest terms possible” the reported desecration of a Catholic chapel by terrorist gunmen in the southern Philippines. The June 21 incident, in the village of Malagakit, occurred when about 300 gunmen of the…



Scorsese says a boyhood of church and movies continues to inspire him

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — Faith and films have been lifelong obsessions for director Martin Scorsese, obsessions that he said have given him moments of peace amid turmoil, but also challenges and frustrations that, in hindsight, he will accept as lessons in humility. “For me,…


Class of 2017 Valedictorians & Salutatorians

Class of 2017 Valedictorian: Yunting Fang Daughter of Jisheng Fang and Xiaoyun Wang. Yunting will be attending Cornell University to study Chemical Engineering. Yunting is president of the Sustainability Club, co-captain of the Mathletes team, and member of the 2017 Regional Champion and State-Qualifying Mock Trial Team. She is also…


In lieu of visit, pope makes major donation to South Sudan charities

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his…



Bishops urge renewed dedication to efforts to protect religious liberty

By Josephine von Dohlen Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In launching this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for renewed dedication to protecting religious freedom. “Freedom for Mission” is the theme of the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom, taking place June 21 to July…


Holiness means being open to God, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being a saint doesn’t require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the “hope of becoming saints” and with the desire…


Author says rosary ‘can help us achieve peace in the world’

By Jose Montoya Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Why do Catholics pray the rosary? The history of the rosary traces to the 13th century. It is believed that Mary gave St. Dominic the rosary to rescue the church from the Albigensian heresy. Initially, 150 Hail Marys were prayed as…