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Featured Article: A New Year. A Renewed Resolution to Follow Christ. - The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to examine what we hope to achieve in our lives and how much progress we have made toward its fulfillment. What we aspire to do is a reflection about who we understand ourselves to be. In mid-January, the Christmas season ends with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas season focused on the unique identity of Jesus and what He intends to do. Read Full Story

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 A New Year. A Renewed Resolution to Follow Christ.
 Answering the Call: Recognizing God’s call to religious life Part 2 in a series of NBCC interviews with Sr. Callista Robinson and Sr. Gayle Lwanga Crumbley
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 Pope Francis, in Kenya, emphasizes missionary discipleship, ecological concern
 Ugandan martyrs are true heroes, Pope says during visit to nation
 Love your enemies, Pope preaches in strife-torn Central African Republic
 2015 Centennial Celebration Comes to a Close at St. Joseph Catholic Church in “Old Town” Alexandria
 St. Joseph Centennial Time Capsule Presentation and Blessing
 NBCC at the National Catholic Youth Conference 2015
 Lord, Make Us Channels of Your Peace
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Highlights of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Trip to Africa

Pope Francis, in Kenya, emphasizes missionary discipleship, ecological concern

Dancers entertain Pope Francis when he arrived in Kenya. Photo: Nation Media Group/Jeff Angote
Dancers entertain Pope Francis when he arrived in Kenya. Photo: Nation Media Group/Jeff Angote

‘Missionary discipleship, rejection of violence in God’s name, and concern for the environment were among the themes emphasized by Pope Francis in Kenya on November 26 and 27 [2015], the second and third days of his apostolic journey to Africa.’ Full Story

Ugandan martyrs are true heroes, Pope says during visit to nation

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Kampala, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015. 
	Photo: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Kampala, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

During the second stop in Africa, Pope Francis addressed authorities in Uganda, saying “my visit to your country is meant above all to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the canonization of the Uganda martyrs by my predecessor, Pope Paul VI.” He advocated that people of all beliefs must “work for justice and reconciliation.” Full Story

Love your enemies, Pope preaches in strife-torn Central African Republic

Pope Francis blesses children during his visit at a refugee camp, in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis blesses children during his visit at a refugee camp, in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

During his stay in the Central African Republic, Pope Francis advocated reconciliation to regain peace in the country, and stated, "Those who have the means to enjoy a decent life […] must seek to help those poorer than themselves to attain dignified living conditions […]. Full Story

NBCC at the National Catholic Youth Conference 2015

Pope Francis blesses children during his visit at a refugee camp, in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Brian Greenfield and Ansel Augustine keeping the faith at NCYC.

You never know where you’ll find the National Black Catholic Congress! From November 19th through the 21st, 2015, the NBCC manned a booth at the Youth Conference, handing out literature and small giveaways to youth who stopped by. Fr. Kenneth Taylor, pastor of Holy Angels Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a group of volunteers manned the booth, and said that the volume of visitors was very high. Many thanks to Sr. Gail Trippett and Sr. Jannette Pruitt who served as volunteers. Read student reflections by Jarred Horne and Miranda Panda. Full Story

Lord, Make Us Channels of Your Peace

Photo by Phyllis L. Johnson

“Yes, I am a child of God. My name is ______ and I will be praying for _______,”( a Prayer Partner in the retreat day). That’s how the annual Minkisi mini-retreat session begins each year at Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Arlington, Virginia. After the Opening Prayer and the gathering song each participant stands up and gives the child of God greeting and announces the name of the person who they will be keeping in prayer. At the same time, the prayee sees who will be holding him/her in prayer throughout the day (and sometimes further). Full Story

2015 Centennial Celebration Comes to a Close at St. Joseph Catholic Church in “Old Town” Alexandria

Photo by Phyllis L. Johnson

One of Alexandria’s most diverse Catholic communities recently closed out a year-long celebration heralding 100 years of worship and service in Northern Virginia. Located on the corner of North Columbus and Wythe Streets in “Old Town” Alexandria, St. Joseph Catholic Church has a unique and storied history. It was founded to address the desires of 150 African Americans who were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located just a few blocks away. They no longer wanted to attend Mass where they were separated by race, and petitioned the Bishop for permission to build a church where they could worship without the sting of segregation. The cornerstone of St. Joseph Catholic Church was laid on November 21, 1915, and over the next one hundred years, the church has grown and flourished. Full Story

St. Joseph Centennial Time Capsule Presentation and Blessing

Photo by Angela Anderson

The St. Joseph Catholic Church Centennial Time Capsule contains a collection of more than 50 historical documents, photographs, and artifacts from the first 100 years of the St. Joseph community. The time capsule committee, under the direction of Chairperson K’Le Bron, collected documents from the church’s archives and artifacts from the congregation. The time capsule and its contents were blessed during the celebration of Mass at St. Joseph on November 1st. Full Story

Black and Catholic In The U.S.

For the better part of a hundred years following the Civil War, the church failed to distinguish itself from the secular culture and largely missed what the late Benedictine Father Cyprian Davis called “a golden opportunity for a harvest of souls.” This article presents the stories of several Black Catholics and their experiences with racial division in the Catholic Church in a historical perspective. Full Article

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016

How will the Year of Mercy look in your parish? One Hearing about the Year of Mercy a few weeks back got my really excited…. Yes I’m easily excited when it comes to mission, but seriously what a tremendous gift to any wanna be evangeliser! It got me thinking what would this look like in a parish? How can we respond? How can we be more effective instruments of his mercy in our town? It really is an incredible opportunity for parishes everywhere to open wide the doors and welcome home the lost. Full Article


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