In Vietnam, nuns' wheelchair ministry frees people to make a living

HUE, Vietnam (CNS) — Nguyen Thi Rot, a 16-year-old woman paralyzed from birth, tries to smile sweetly at those who stop by her wheelchair on a Hue City sidewalk to buy lottery tickets.


Bishops give go-ahead to diocese's Sister Thea Bowman sainthood effort

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops gave their assent to the canonization effort launched for Sister Thea Bowman by the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.


Explore the San Antonio mission trail by bicycle

For adventurous Catholics seeking to experience the grandeur of God and to follow a spiritual path that literally winds its way deep into the heart of Texas, such a journey begins in San Antonio.


Rosary maker grows own beads

SAVAGE, Minn. (CNS) — For most of his life, August Bueltel of Savage rarely held a rosary.

Now, he grows them. In the backyard of his modest home, the 90-year-old waters and nurtures waist-high plants known as "Job's Tears." He picks the round grains when they ripen in late summer and uses them for rosary beads.


Maryland pilgrims walk 50 miles 'in penance and prayer' for priesthood

EMMITSBURG, Md. (CNS) -- Stephanie Rubeling's support of the priesthood goes beyond thoughts and prayers.

The 54-year-old parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle in Libertytown was among 19 hardy souls who set out Nov. 9 for a three-day trek on foot from Emmitsburg to Baltimore, dubbed "Fifty Miles in Faith: Pilgrimage-Walk for the Priesthood in Penance and Prayer."