Catholic agencies' advance plans keep services going in nasty weather

WASHINGTONBy Mark Pattison With a huge swath of the United States -- from the upper Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard -- alternating between one-two punches of cold snaps and snowstorms, everybody's talking about the weather. Catholic service providers are also doing something about the increased need for emergency services that…

Immigration reform effort is being waged on multiple fronts

WASHINGTONBy Patricia Zapor A year ago, fresh off the November general election in which Hispanic voters were widely credited with tipping the vote to President Barack Obama, advocates were abuzz about the prospects for passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the 113th session of Congress.

Priest recalls media narration of JFK's funeral

WASHINGTONBy Mark Zimmermann At 82, Msgr. Leonard Hurley still has a distinctive speaking style and ad-libs easily, qualities that served him well 50 years ago when he narrated President John F. Kennedy's funeral Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington for a worldwide TV and radio…

Bishop Elizondo attends White House immigration discussion

Seattle’s auxiliary bishop has concerns about current policy Archdiocese of Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo joined other faith leaders, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials for an immigration reform meeting in the Oval Office on Nov. 13.

Too much of anything can be bad, including screen time

WASHINGTONBy Mark Pattison Parents, you wouldn't let your kids gorge every meal at an all-you-can-eat buffet, would you? Grandparents have the reputation of spoiling their grandchildren, but they wouldn't let the grandkids spend all day, every day at the beach while letting their skin burn to a crisp, would they?