Articles by Katherine Long


Assassin happy for beatification of Indian Clarist nun

By Anto Akkara, Catholic News Service BANGALORE, India (CNS) — An Indian nun stabbed to death in 1995 will be beatified Nov. 4, and one of those who will celebrate is her assassin. Clarist Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, 41, was stabbed in front of more than 50 bus passengers on…




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St. John the Evangelist students celebrate month of the rosary

Submitted by St. John the Evangelist School On Monday, October 30, the children at St. John the Evangelist School in Binghamton celebrated the month of the rosary by participating in the Living Rosary. Older students had a younger prayer buddy and together they recited the particular prayer for their bead. The sixth…


Supreme Court hears oral arguments in death penalty case

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A death penalty case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 30 examines whether a Texas death-row inmate was given effective counsel when he was sentenced to death in 1997. Lawyers for Carlos Ayestas say that if his physical and mental…


On contraception, church must continue to defend life, cardinal says

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The acceptance of artificial contraception by some Christian churches and communities beginning in the 1930s has led “to the monstrosity of what is today known as procreative medicine,” which includes abortion, said German Cardinal Walter Brandmuller. Inaugurating an Oct. 28…


Faith, culture fused in a day to remember deceased loved ones

By Amy Wise Taylor, Catholic News Service BLUFFTON, S.C. (CNS) — When Jennifer Bermejo was growing up in Aguascalientes, Mexico, her family celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, every year. Bermejo, assistant for Hispanic ministry at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton, recalls it as…