Just minutes after Apollo lunar module shiny foil feet touched down on the surface of the moon, St. Paul VI sent a message from his Observatory at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome where he was watching the landing and viewing the moon from the Vatican’s telescopes, to the astronauts.
On Dec. 24, 1968, NASA astronaut Bill Anders orbited the moon as the lunar module pilot with the Apollo 8 crew on humanity’s first voyage to another world. Anders took the iconic Earthrise photo on Christmas Eve, a gift of perspective in a turbulent year.
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette, Indiana, chairman of the bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond, Virginia, met with three survivors of clergy sexual abuse late June 12.
During the June 11-13 spring assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, it was clear the bishops had to respond to the sexual abuse crisis in the church -- and on the last day of their gathering they approved a series of procedures to begin this process.
A mix of generations, including students from the 1960s and Dominican Sisters of Houston who taught, enjoyed a bittersweet reunion May 29 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School closing after 77 years because of low enrollment and financial issues.
Developing thriving young adult ministry programs designed to speak to the needs and spiritual growth of those ages 18 to 39 became more important. Now, in places like the Archdiocese, they’re a vibrant array of lectures, meet-ups, discussion groups and prayer sessions. And one of the most popular is the annual Café Catholica series.
Few people would bring in their 72nd birthday by embarking on a 500-mile journey across Europe. Deacon Jack Alexander is doing just this for his birthday on Sept. 12 — day eight of his 500-mile pilgrimage walking El Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James. This will be Deacon Alexander’s third time walking, but the first time he will complete the full 500-mile stretch.
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