Consumerism is the enemy of generosity, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The desire to spend vast amounts on shopping and needless extravagances can prevent Christians from being generous with others, Pope Francis said.

U.S. bishops' meeting has echoes, and differences, from 2002 gathering

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The gathering of U.S. bishops in Baltimore Nov. 12-14 on the heels of the clergy abuse scandal that hit the Catholic Church this past summer had echoes of the 2002 bishops' meeting in Dallas, which took place just months after the Church was also reeling from clergy sexual abuse crisis that made headlines in The Boston Globe.

Army of volunteers provides turkey, all the trimmings for those in need

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — Picture the first Thanksgiving: a community coming together, one person bringing the fowl, another the bread, others sharing the fruits of their harvest, all gathering for a meal. The gratitude palpable for a plentiful harvest, for family and friends, for the opportunity to rest, reflect and break bread with others.