Online registry reveals roots of faith

By Christina Capecchi

Last night, while many of my peers tuned into the finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” a three-hour event dubbed “historic” by the show’s ratings-minded host, I delved into some real history. I joined more than 2 million people and subscribed to the genealogy website Ancestry.com.

The guardian of Jesus a guardian for all

By Jennifer Sokol

I never felt drawn to God the Father, because I had such a wonderful father of my own. Dad was tall and handsome, a masterful musician and a loving husband and father.

Like every father, he had many trials, but he clung to his Catholic faith and maintained a positive outlook. He accepted his imperfections with humor, and often sighed as he prayed, “God, give me patience.”

Want vocations? Create burning hearts of love

By Father Eugene Hemrick

"You can't recruit vocations to the religious life unless you have burning love in your heart."

These words by keynote speaker Bishop Sam G. Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La., kicked off the 25th J.S. Paluch Annual Vocation Seminar in Rosemont, Ill., last fall.

How will story of new pontificate unfold?

By Russell Shaw

The surprising election of Pope Francis plainly was no surprise to the people who really counted: the cardinals, that is, who swiftly chose him on the first full day and fifth ballot of the conclave. While not a speed record, the timing showed the electors had no difficulty agreeing that the archbishop of Buenos Aires was the man for the job.

Easter: The triumph over abandonment

By Carolyn Woo

Ernesto, a farmer in Nicaragua, would panic when he heard the motorcycle approaching his small farm; the bank administrator was coming to collect on the loan that Ernesto had no way of repaying. The money invested in his crops exceeded what he could get for them.

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A conclave is about God’s faithfulness to his promise

The historic events soon to take place in Rome will be at their deepest core Christian events: the choosing and installation of a successor to St. Peter as universal head of the Church. There has been widespread interest in the Catholic Church in recent weeks due to Pope Benedict’s decision to resign because of age, interest spanning continents and religions, languages and cultures.

Pope Francis leads us with Christ to the Father

One of my prized possessions is the yellowed front page of an old newspaper. Carefully preserved by my father the August 15, 1945, edition of The Oklahoman proclaims “PEACE!” in bright red letters 6 inches tall. It was the end of World War II, at long last a time for the reunification of millions of families like ours.