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Indiana town embodies Santa Claus and his spirit of love, peace, joy

By Katie Rutter Catholic News Service SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (CNS) — Belief in that iconic Christmas figure, the rotund merry man with a bag full of presents, inspires thousands of children to write letters addressed to “Santa Claus” each year. Surprisingly, many of these wish lists actually do get delivered…


Catholic high school teacher inspired Meghan Markle’s outreach

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Maria Pollia, a theology teacher at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, did not have to rack her brain to remember her former student Meghan Markle, the actress recently engaged to Prince Harry. Pollia, who taught Markle during her junior year in…



Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing. Unlike stores, malls, public buildings and homes that start gearing up for Christmas at least by Thanksgiving, churches appear almost stark save for Advent wreaths and maybe…


Washington Archdiocese takes transit system to court over ad guidelines

By Richard Szczepanowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Washington filed suit in federal court Nov. 28 over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s advertising guidelines after the transit system rejected an Advent and Christmas advertisement. The archdiocese seeks injunctive relief after WMATA, as the agency is…


Advent Reflection From Father Ken Kirkman: Week Two

Editor’s note: During Advent, Father Ken Kirkman will be offering weekly reflections at thecatholicsun.com to help us all prepare our hearts and minds during this season of anticipation and hope. This is the second reflection in the series. Read the first here. One of the refrains we will continue to hear throughout…


In light of faith: Take action against gun violence

(A series of columns focused on and written by millennials and young adults) By Christopher White Catholic News Service I was in sixth grade when two gunmen entered Columbine High School and mowed down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. By the time another madman…




To foster vocations, trust young people, pope tells conference

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — To foster vocations, the church must trust young people who, “despite belonging to the ‘selfie’ generation, look for full meaning in their lives, even when they do not always look for it where it can be found,” Pope Francis said….