Articles by Katherine Long


Wise words from Deacon Nate: New deacon offers first homily

By Katherine Long | Editor BALTIMORE, Md. — Deacon Nate Brooks, the diocese’s newest deacon, preached his first homily April 22, during Mass celebrated in the chapel where he was ordained to the transitional diaconate just the day before.  “I felt comfortable giving the homily at the Mass,” Deacon Brooks…


Italy grants citizenship to Alfie Evans in attempt to guarantee his care

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Italian government granted citizenship to Alfie Evans, a seriously ill British toddler, in a last-minute effort to prevent doctors in England from withdrawing life-support. The Italian foreign ministry, in a brief note April 23, said Angelino Alfano, the…


Seminarian excited to begin ministry as deacon

By Katherine Long | Editor Back at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore after a year of pastoral service in Utica, diocesan seminarian Nate Brooks said, “this year flew by so fast for me.”  The Sun caught up with Brooks by phone four days before his ordination to the…


Diocesan seminarian Nate Brooks ordained to transitional diaconate

By Katherine Long | Editor and Brendan Foley | Special correspondent BALTIMORE, Md. — Diocesan seminarian Nate Brooks was ordained to the transitional diaconate April 21 in a rite celebrated in the chapel of St. Mary’s Seminary and University. The ordination brings him a step further on his journey to…



Bishops on both sides of Mexico border criticize troop deployment

By David Agren | Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The Mexican bishops’ conference criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and issued a strong defense of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by “in the face of suffering…


USCCB president praises pope for ‘powerful words’ calling all to holiness

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he is grateful to  Pope Francis for “his powerful, straightforward words” in “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), his apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in today’s world.” “Pope Francis is…


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With new document, pope shows holiness is for everyone, speakers say

By Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ new document, “Gaudete et Exsultate,” shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from today’s world, said the papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome. “The pope wants…


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In Canada, prayers, tears for victims of Humboldt Broncos tragedy

By Catholic News Service HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (CNS) — Crying, hugging, and shaking their heads in grief, the people of Humboldt gathered at the local hockey arena April 8 for an interfaith service to mourn 15 people who died after the bus carrying the town’s junior hockey team collided with a…