Latin American Church to Take Center Stage at World Youth Day in Panama

In the same way that the contributions of Hispanic Catholics in the U.S. Church were given a spotlight at last September’s Encuentro, World Youth Day will be an occasion for the entire world to get a glimpse of the rich enthusiasm that Hispanic and Latino Catholics bring to the Church worldwide.

Nicaraguans Face Steeper Challenges Heading to WYD

Many will make sacrifices to attend the upcoming World Youth Day in Panama in late January, but few compare to the challenges facing young Catholics in nearby Nicaragua as the country deals with political and economic upheaval, some of it involving violent clashes with government forces that have plagued the Central American nation since last year.

Sports Round-Up Jan. 19

Baseball Miracles, a nonprofit organization that introduces baseball and softball to economically disadvantaged children around the globe, recently visited Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, for a three-day clinic.

Books for Christmas

Take a stand against the electronification of everything – give (real) books this Christmas. Some recommendations:

Cardinal Pell Found Guilty of Sex Abuse

In one of the most closely watched trials in modern Catholic Church history, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Church official to stand trial for sexual abuse, was found guilty on Tuesday by a Melbourne Court.

Cleansed and Conformed To God’s Will

“Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted” has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th century Genevan Psalter, is eminently singable. The hymn text – when not corrupted by that politically correct scoundrel, “alt.,” – is even better. For Francis Bland Tucker’s lyrics put 21st-century congregations in touch with the second generation of Christians, and perhaps even the first, by combining various phrases from an ancient Christian prayer book and catechism, the Didache.