- Mar 2, 2021
The Church of the Holy Spirit in Tolentino, a town of about 20,000 people in central Italy, has converted its interior into a makeshift homeless shelter after the latest earthquake to rock the region, with the pastor describing it as “nothing special … the Church welcomes people, always.”
Monsignor Guido Marini, the papal master of liturgical ceremonies, says that when conflicts erupt in a parish over how the Mass ought to be celebrated, sometimes it’s better to walk away momentarily defeated “rather than generate divisions and conflict that do no good.”
In Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, St. Mary’s Catholic Church sees itself as the “Parish of the Smokies,” with families, hikers and nature-lovers from across the country and around the world routinely outnumbering local parish members at Sunday Mass.
After abuse allegations surfaced against the island’s archbishop, Guam’s governor has signed a measure lifting the statute of limitations for abuse-related lawsuits — a move that Catholic officials in Guam warn could bankrupt the Church, forcing the closure of parishes and schools.
Archbishop Peter L. Gerety of Newark, who at 104 was the world’s oldest living Catholic bishop, died Sept. 20 at the age of 104, leaving behind e legacy of implementing Vatican II, promoting parish renewal, and ministry to black Catholics.
In a time when people are hungry for examples that differences of class, ethnicity and tribe do not have to mean division, take a look at the typical Catholic parish in the United States, where all those distinctions and more come together in a happy harmony.