Corned beef conundrum: Fort Worth, other dioceses give St. Patrick's Day dispensation

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday, as it does about every seven years, the Lenten rule requiring Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays collides with the long-held tradition of eating corned beef and cabbage.


Catholic leaders react to House bill to repeal, replace health care law

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Calling health care "a vital concern for nearly every person in the country," the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


Parish on Mexico-Guatemala border prepares for new wave of asylum seekers

FRONTERA COMALAPA, Mexico (CNS) — In the early 1980s, parishioners at the Santo Niño de Atocha parish in this town on the Mexico-Guatemala border opened their church and homes to refugees fleeing civil war in Guatemala.