"In the world today, characterized by such rapid developments in science and technology, the tasks of a Catholic university assume an ever greater importance and urgency. Scientific and technological discoveries create an enormous economic and industrial growth, but they also inescapably require the correspondingly necessary search for meaning in order to guarantee that the new discoveries be used for the authentic good of individuals and of human society as a whole.
Though World Mission Month and World Mission Sunday were celebrated in October, it's something we should consider more than just once a year.
Each of us, even if we have never traveled to the missions, can pray and offer our support here at home all year. By virtue of our baptism, we are responsible for the missionary work of the Church and for financial support of the 1,150 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Latin America.
We might quibble over the number of refugees from Syria that the United States should accept, but we shouldn't debate the need to "welcome the stranger" as the Gospel implores us to do.
Catholics in the United States and "all people of good will should express openness and welcome to refugees fleeing Syria and elsewhere in order to survive," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote in a statement Sept. 10.
State lawmakers' investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices in Missouri has revealed that Pathology Services Inc. is the third-party provider of pathology services for abortions performed at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.