Father Jason Johnston was removing an old picture frame from its place on the wall in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville on Tuesday afternoon.
John Long will be 83 in April and confesses there are things he cannot remember from his childhood.
Such is the erosive nature of time.
Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception today, using a rally in Asia’s largest Catholic nation to urge families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.”
When Wissam Akiki was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, including his wife and daughter.
The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena,” about an Irish mother forced to give up her son for adoption, says she doesn’t blame the Vatican for her ordeal, despite a damning U.N. report essentially holding the Holy See responsible for such practices.
Once upon a time, I was a Catholic. The churches were beautiful then. They were cool and dark, filled with flickering candles, the aromas of incense and burning wax, and life-sized statues of saints. I loved those statues, and, in the spring, placed small bouquets of pink roses at their plaster feet.