Military, faith form Texas Catholic's sense of duty to country, Church

SAN JUAN, Texas (CNS) -- Master Sgt. Pablo H. Villescas was serving with the Army Reserve in Afghanistan when that country held its first free, direct elections in 2004. More than three-quarters of Afghanistan's registered voters cast ballots in the election.

During weeklong mission trip, local young adults learn what can come from one simple 'fiat'

Unlike most mission trips, the FIAT (Faith in Action Together) experience is one that focuses on serving locally — albeit in places that are still hours away from home. Designed by Jeff Hedglen, diocesan director of Young Adult and Campus Ministry, the trip is open to all young adults in the diocese. 

Priests, brothers who escaped persecution in Vietnam now serve 500,000 Vietnamese Catholics in U.S.

On paper, peace was officially reached between the people of North Vietnam and South Vietnam on Jan. 27, 1973, in the formal signing of the Paris Peace Accords. Even the Nobel Peace Prize that year would name its recipients as U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho — although the latter turned down the honor.

Soccer star delights in her success, but says faith keeps her grounded

ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- "Ready to play some soccer?" Lori Chalupny asked the Holy Redeemer School fourth- and fifth-graders.The youngsters responded by quickly taking to the field at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, organized into groups for shooting, dribbling, and passing drills.

Priest in Jordan ministering to refugees finds he's living with saints

MARKA, Jordan (CNS) -- Hearing a beloved voice, a little boy hurriedly hobbled down the pale stone steps of the church hall to greet the priest with a tender hug.