Never, ever forgotten

Fifteen years later, family, school recall Sept. 11 victim as someone who ‘always looked to help’ Kate Marien, Patricia Kondratenko…

Local News

Holy Name students hang out with a Red Wing

Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm hands out a prize to a student during “Red Wings trivia” at Holy Name School in Birmingham on Sept. 7, part of the team’s School Assembly Program.

BIRMINGHAM — After playing nine seasons in the National Hockey League, Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm has played in plenty of loud arenas. But even he will admit the Birmingham Holy Name Hurricanes make plenty of noise to welcome a local hero to their gymnasium for the Red Wings School Assembly Program. “That gymnasium…

Nation/World

Scholars reaffirm Catholic teaching against artificial birth control

Attendees listen to Catholic scholars release a statement reaffirming Blessed Paul VI's 1968 "Humanae Vitae" encyclical on human sexuality at The Catholic University of America in Washington Sept. 20. The scholars rejected new calls for the church to lift its ban on artificial contraception. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic scholars Sept. 20 reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s teaching on “the gift of sexuality” and its long-standing prohibition on artificial birth control as outlined in “Humanae Vitae,” Blessed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical. In a statement released in Washington, they rejected calls for the church to change its teaching by another…

The Vatican

Pope pleas on behalf of civilians in Aleppo as bombing intensifies

Medics inspect the damage outside a field hospital Sept. 27 after an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. More than 200 airstrikes bombarded the city since Sept. 24, leaving more than100 civilians dead, with hundreds more injured, according to the head of the Syria Civil Defense group, a volunteer emergency medical service. (CNS photo/Abdalrhman Ismail, Reuters)

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – As a brief cease-fire agreement failed and Syrian government forces returned to bombing Aleppo and fighting rebels in the city streets, Pope Francis made a forceful appeal for assistance for the thousands of innocent civilians trapped in the besieged city. “I appeal to the consciences of those…