Articles by Katherine Long

In memoriam: Father Alfred E. Nortz

Father Alfred E. Nortz entered into his eternal rest on Tuesday, April 25.  He was 88 years old.   Father Nortz celebrated 60 years as a priest in 2015, having been ordained for the diocese on February 2, 1955. Over the next 50 years, he served as associate pastor of Blessed…



Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

By Cindy Wooden and Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing. With tens of thousands of…


Syracuse company crafts candles used around the world

By Katherine Long, Editor   The church is dark and the congregation watches, keeping vigil, awaiting the resurrection of the Lord. Then, a single flame illuminates the darkness: the paschal candle, “the symbol of the light of Christ, rising in glory, scattering the darkness of our hearts and minds” (United…


Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says on Palm Sunday

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said. Jesus is “present in our many brothers and sisters who today…


USCCB president responds to explosions at Coptic churches

  Released by the USCCB April 9: WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to explosions on Palm Sunday at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt that have killed at least 40 and injured at least 100:…



Bishops urge Congress to take bipartisan approach on health care reform

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Now that lawmakers have withdrawn the American Health Care Act, Congress must “seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship” and make “necessary reforms” in existing health care law to address access, affordability, life and conscience, said three U.S. bishops’ committee…



Seton girls win state Tournament of Champions

So good and so Saintly: Seton girls blast Bronx team, win state tournament By Ryan Hayner, Contributing writer GLENS FALLS — History was made and records fell Sunday in the Federation Tournament of Champions Class B girls basketball title game. Seton Catholic Central High School sank a single-game tournament record 16 3-pointers and capped…