Longtime lector remembers his journey to the Catholic faith

WICHITA FALLS — This summer, as Dr. Tom Hoffman retired after 38 years as a lector trainer at Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls, he reflected on how the Holy Spirit led him from being non-Christian to an active member of the Catholic Church.

Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

ROME (CNS) — In the chapel of the first house Blessed Teresa of Kolkata established in Rome, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity talks about her life, mixing the concrete and even mundane with the spiritual and even mystical.

On 'Mercy Friday,' pope visits women rescued from prostitution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Continuing his Year of Mercy practice of going one Friday a month to visit people facing special struggles, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.

Woman recalls journey from suffering after abortion to forgiveness

GREENSBURG, Pa. (CNS) — Back in 1974, a year after abortion was fully legalized in the United States, Katherine White was enjoying her senior year of college. Her parents were proudly anticipating her graduation; she would be the first college graduate in the family.

'How did this happen?' triple jumper asks God after making Olympic team

SILVER SPRING, Md. (CNS) — When Thea LaFond, a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring, found out she would be headed to the Olympics, the first thing she did was thank God and ask: "How did you do this, God? How did this happen?"