In health scare, Jeannie Gaffigan relied on combined dose of faith, humor

Jeannie Gaffigan

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Jeannie Gaffigan didn't initially set out to write a book about having her brain tumor removed.

Bishops strive for unity in a time of division

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president-elect of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and outgoing president, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, embrace during the fall general assembly of the USCCB in Baltimore Nov. 13, 2019. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

The American bishops met in Baltimore Nov. 11-13 for their annual fall general assembly. 

The growing Catholic flock

Holy Cross Parish

The growth surge in North Texas, particularly Fort Worth, has led not only to this region being the fastest growing in the United States but also to an explosion of the Catholic population within the Diocese of Fort Worth, according to diocese officials.

Blind seminarian in Oregon 'sees' beyond external trappings

Tony Del Castillo's guide dog, Dagwood, pictured Oct. 1, 2019, is the unofficial mascot at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore., according to Del Castillo, who is blind.

ST. BENEDICT, Ore. (CNS) — Although Tony Del Castillo cannot see, a friend's question years ago helped him perceive people with clarity and to look beyond an individual's quirks, foibles and facades.

The enduring value of celibacy

Candidates for the priesthood lie on the floor as Pope Francis celebrates an ordination Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 12, 2019.

A few days ago, someone asked me in passing whether the "big meeting in Rome" — referring to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — would allow priests to marry.