Pope Francis joins prayers for victims of bloody weekend in U.S.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis joined Catholic Church leaders expressing sorrow after back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 31 dead and dozens injured in Texas and Ohio Aug. 3 and 4.


Eucharistic boat procession to mark Assumption, Acadiana history, faith

A priest, members of the Knights of Columbus and lay Catholics greet an arriving boat with altar servers during the Aug. 15, 2017, Fete-Dieu du Teche procession in Arnoldville, La.

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (CNS) — Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette are gearing up to celebrate two significant events in the life of the universal Church and the local church Aug. 15.


Fire destroys 'treasured' historic Catholic church in Texas

Volunteer firefighters extinguish hot spots July 29, 2019, after fire destroyed the Church of the Visitation in Westphalia, Texas.

WESTPHALIA, Texas (CNS) — The Church of the Visitation in Westphalia, a nearly 125-year-old wooden church with bell towers on each side, burned to the ground July 29.