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Staff Report The Catholic Telegraph is seeking input from readers in selecting our top 10 stories of 2013. With the help of website analytics and staff consultation, The Catholic Telegraph was able to select 10 of the biggest stories that appeared in print or on the website in the past

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

Staff Report As a monthly publication, the December issue of The Catholic Telegraph serves both as an Advent and Christmas edition of the paper. With that in mind, readers will find a seven-page Advent & Christmas section.

By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Lectures are often dry academic affairs, but when a lecture series makes its debut alongside the launching of a brand new academic program — and there’s a cocktail reception — they can be a little more exciting. John Connelly, PhD, the author of the

Staff Report Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has asked parishes of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to consider taking a second collection either this upcoming weekend, Nov. 16-17, or the weekend of Nov. 30–Dec.1 to respond to the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Vietnam. Thousands of

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service BALTIMORE — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops by a wide margin. The archbishop, the current USCCB vice president, received 125 votes during the first round of balloting during the fall general

Summit Middle School students and other members of the school community gather around religion teacher Penny Herr as she recieves the sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick. (Courtesy Photo)
By Eileen Connelly, OSU The Catholic Telegraph When Penny Herr was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, she could easily have felt sorry for herself and questioned God. Instead, the dedicated religion teacher at the Summit Country Day School first thought of her students and turned to her faith for

More than 100 people gathered at the Athenaeum Monday to hear Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago (second from right) discuss the possibility of sainthood for Father Augustus Tolton, a former slave and the first identified priest of African descent in the United States. Bishop Perry is the postulant for Tolton’s sainthood. Pictured from left is Andrew Hilgefort, Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, Rector of Mount Sr. Mary’s Seminary of the West and President of the Athenaeum, Bishop Perry and Father Earl Fernandes, Dean of the Athenaeum. (CT Photo/Steve Trosley)
By Steve Trosley The Catholic Telegraph The middle 19th century, including the Civil War period, was a time of tragedy and strife in America. Emerging from this dramatic time was Father Augustus Tolton, the first American of African descent ordained to the priesthood. The Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary

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Staff Report Five players and several staff members from the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA franchise visited St. Francis Seraph Catholic elementary school on Oct. 22. The Cavaliers organization was there along with the humanitarian agency Samaritan’s Feet and volunteers from the Horseshoe Casino to wash the feet of nearly 160 underserved

Pope Benedict XVI greets Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati during a Feb. 2 meeting with U.S. bishops on their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican.
Staff Report Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr is among those nominated as candidates for president and vice president when U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) elects the next president and vice president of USCCB during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly, Nov. 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel.