Prep school students travel through time to Ellis Island

December 4, 2015 Course’s themes help foster discussion on migration in light of current events By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Dressed in authentic period costumes of the early 1900s, seventh- and eighth-grade students at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville traveled through time to be part of the Ellis Island immigration process during an interactive…

San Bernardino bishop urges prayers for unity, healing after shootings

December 4, 2015 OXNARD, Calif. (CNS) — Arriving in the late morning Dec. 2 at the San Bernardino diocesan pastoral center for his job in the diocese’s Office of Worship, Chris Estrella knew something was very wrong. “I could see a police blockade of Waterman Avenue, which is where the Inland Regional Center is located,”…

“Here I am Lord” National Catholic Youth conference 2015

December 4, 2015 Story and photos by Dianne Towalski The Visitor Youth and adult leaders from across the country converged on Indianapolis Nov. 19-21 for the 33rd National Catholic Youth Conference. The theme was “Here I am Lord.” The St. Cloud group, 141 youth and 55 adult leaders, joined the crowd of more than 23,000…

Speaker provides tools for handing on Catholic faith to children

December 4, 2015 By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Following a 9 a.m. Mass Nov. 21 at St. Michael Church in St. Cloud, national speaker Father Michael Schmitz from the Diocese of Duluth spoke to some 200 people about passing on the Catholic faith to children and teens. “The reality and the stakes are that it…

Through thick and thin: Pope urges youths to read the Bible

December 3, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said his Bible is old, beat up and worth more to him than anything money can buy. “If you saw my Bible, you would not be impressed,” he wrote to young people. “You’d say, ‘What? This is the pope’s Bible? A book so old, so beat…

Terrorist attacks pose challenge for all ‘people of faith,’ says imam

December 3, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Atrocities committed in the name of Islam reverberate in a historic mosque in Washington. “It’s difficult,” said Imam Talib Shareef, who is head preacher at the Nation’s Mosque. He made the comments in an interview with Catholic News Service Nov. 28. Two weeks earlier, terrorist attacks, which the Islamic…

Homeless, poor get star treatment at Vatican movie premiere

December 2, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The usual fanfare that comes with the world premiere of a movie is pretty standard: the lights and cameras, the celebrities walking down the red carpet and screaming fans trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors. At the Vatican, however, a movie premiere is not your…

Action plan offers Catholics down-to-earth ideas to implement encyclical

December 2, 2015 CONYERS, Ga. (CNS) — Mimi Soileau goes nearly weekly to see what vegetables are ripe to be plucked from garden beds beside her parish church, St. Pius X. Time spent with her hands in the dirt is nothing new for this 85-year-old master gardener. She’s currently harvesting hearty kale, eggplant and broccoli…