Articles by The Catholic Sun

With new website, Franciscans opt for their own ‘hip-hop’ style

    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The head of the Franciscans hopes the order’s new website will have a certain “hip-hop” style — being very modern or “hip” and inspiring people to move, act or “hop.” Franciscan Father Michael Perry, minister general of the order, said…


London cardinal call for prayers for victims of Westminster attack

By Catholic News Service LONDON (CNS) — Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, whose cathedral is just a short walk from the scene of the London terrorist attack, called for prayers for the dead and wounded. “Yesterday’s attacks in Westminster have shocked us all,” he said in a March 23 statement….


Top Vatican officials attend child protection seminar

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — There is absolutely no excuse for not implementing concrete measures to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston. “Let there be no doubt about it: Pope Francis is thoroughly committed to rooting out…


Make way for the Gospel: Vatican ensures media give the message

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the Vatican Secretariat for Communication works to unify Vatican media efforts, a key pastoral concern is to keep open all the channels that allow Pope Francis to speak to the world. “With a pope who is so naturally communicative,…


World needs those who can bring God’s hope, consolation, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christian hope is built on patiently enduring everything life brings and knowing how to see God’s presence and love everywhere, Pope Francis said. God “never tires of loving us” as he “takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the…



Church leaders: Restoration on Jesus’ tomb signals new cooperation

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule — the traditional site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection — was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony led by representatives of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian churches, including Ecumenical Patriarch…


A Saintly Steamroller

Hanna Strawn MVP as Seton takes state title By Tom Maguire Associate editor When the bus carrying the Seton Catholic Central High School girls basketball team hit the Binghamton city line, the police showed up. Never fear for the Saints: The officers offered a glorious escort back to the school for…


My Place in the Sun, March 23: Stations of the Cross

For many of us the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially Good Friday. The devotion is also known as the “Way of the Cross,” and the “Via Dolorosa.” The tradition for this devotion dates back to the ancient practice of making a pilgrimage to…


Icon of Mary revered at Holy Trinity in Utica

Pastor Mikalajunas  commissioned woodcarving By Tom Maguire Associate editor Appearing out of legend, revered as a dowry gift, and protected by an ancient order of priests and brothers, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa is an icon that resides at a majestic monastery in central Poland.    Three popes — St. John…