Chúc mừng năm mới (Happy New Year!)


Van Ngo doesn't have many stories to share from Lunar New Year celebrations growing up in Vietnam. Her family was poor, and her father died when she was young. When her mother remarried, she helped care for her siblings.

For her, the Lunar New Year — a national holiday and major celebration in Vietnam and other Asian countries — wasn't celebrated with much fanfare.

That was many moons ago, but now the Vietnamese New Year evokes a feeling of happiness for Van, because of her sense of freedom living in the United States for several decades.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Break the mirror of narcissistic culture

Pope Francis led an audience with members of the Shalom Catholic Community Sept. 4 at the Vatican. Speaking to young people of the community, Pope Francis warned of the sadness caused by narcissism.

VATICAN CITY — Today's narcissistic culture leads to sad souls who worry more about keeping up appearances than caring for others, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to young people of the Shalom community, Pope Francis warned them of the sadness caused by narcissism, when "you live worried about putting makeup on your soul, about looking better than you are, about contemplating whether you're more beautiful than others."

"It is the sickness of the mirror," the pope said. "Young people, break this mirror!"

Group creating ‘culture of inclusion’ in one Philadelphia neighborhood

PHILADELPHIA — Just a few miles from where Democratic convention delegates met July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center, a South Philadelphia neighborhood echoed with the sounds of multiple languages, presenting an array of cuisines and businesses that cater to a dizzying diversity of ethnicities and cultures.

Once a landing place for Italian and Irish immigrants, the area which houses the Aquinas Center, an innovative church- and community-supported venture in welcoming and supporting immigrants, is now home to Asian, African, Latin American and others families seeking a new life in America.

Editorial | The Gospel and culture intermingle

One cannot preach, teach or form persons in the Catholic faith adequately without attending to the ways in which Catholic faith and identity become embodied in culture. Proficiency in matters of culture and intercultural relations is an essential feature of the ongoing process of conversion by which the Gospel becomes life for people.

What the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated regarding evangelization in 2007 and restated in 2011 is perhaps even more important today as social media brings popular culture to the forefront instantly.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Finding our voice in Christ

In our contemporary culture we have become increasingly aware of the need to share with others our own uniqueness and particular dignity. This interest in sharing our truest identity with others is manifested in all the aspect of our lives, from our pop culture to our scientific endeavors.

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