These priests were martyred for refusing to violate the seal of confession

DENVER, Colo. (CNA/EWTN News) — In recent years, some Catholics have been concerned by pushes from governments in locations such as Louisiana and Australia who challenge the secrecy of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, asking that priests betray the solemnity of penitents’ confessions when they hear of serious crimes in the confessional.


U.S. Catholic parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse

WASHINGTON (CNS) – U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures.


Being legally blind doesn't hinder Catholic priest in serving his flock

EASTON, Pa. (CNS) – A visitor attending Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church might not notice anything unusual about the celebrant.


Chapel ministers to souls who visit, live amid Grand Canyon splendor

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (CNS) – Father Rafael Bercasio pastors perhaps the smallest parish in America – and the most uniquely situated.


Sandwiches for homeless changing lives of recipients, parishioners alike

WASHINGTON (CNS) – While driving to work with his son, Eric Von Gay Sr. noticed a homeless man walk out of his tent to look for food in the grass. That's when Eric Gay Jr. got the idea to "keep what Father Bill started."