• Iraqi nun: We pray for ISIS militants, it helps us forgive

    Iraqi nun: We pray for ISIS militants, it helps us forgive

    • Oct 3, 2017

    During the ISIS occupation of the Nineveh Plains, some 100 places of worship were destroyed, mostly Christian churches. Now, thanks to the support of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, about 1,000 Christian families have returned to their homes. Among those seeking to go home are a group of nuns forced to flee the area they had called home for over a century.

  • Charlottesville’s Catholic students ready to heal wounds, chaplain says

    Charlottesville’s Catholic students ready to heal wounds, chaplain says

    • Aug 18, 2017

    Although the University of Virginia campus had not started its fall semester and new and returning students had not moved in August 12 when a white supremacist rally was taking place in Charlottesville, there were still some students on campus as well as faculty and staff, and about 250 of them gathered for a prayer vigil and rosary for peace August 13 at St. Thomas Aquinas, the university’s parish church.

  • Aspiring religious delay entry to pay off debt

    Aspiring religious delay entry to pay off debt

    • Jul 16, 2017

    A person who decides to enter religious life faces many obstacles, but one of the most daunting and least considered initially is student debt. When vocations go up, it becomes too difficult for a community to pay off all student loans, so those entering religious life have had to find ways to pay it off themselves before getting on with their new lives.