• In this time of waiting, Catholics can pray as the Psalms, Jesus and saints have taught. 

    People in the Queens borough of New York City pray at St. Bartholomew Church May 15, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo by Brendan McDermid, Reuters)

  • Keeping watch and staying vigilant, themes in Advent, also are at play during the pandemic. 

    Catholic Charities staff and volunteers in the Archdiocese of Washington distribute 800 boxes of nutritious grocery items and 800 family-size meals in the parking lot of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception May 19, 2020. (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

  • Priests get to celebrate so much that is beautiful and bold, happy and hopeful, like baptisms, first Communions and weddings.

    Jesuit Father Richard Malloy, director of mission and ministry at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, is pictured in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in 2016. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

  • Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., uses sacred chrism oil to trace a cross on the forehead of Alma Karina Ruiz during the sacrament of confirmation at St. Joseph Church in Wautoma, Wis.

    Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., uses sacred chrism oil to trace a cross on the forehead of Alma Karina Ruiz during the sacrament of confirmation at St. Joseph Church in Wautoma, Wis. To cooperate with the Holy Spirit, we pray to understand the meaning of God's message for us in the life we live. (CNS photo by Sam Lucero/The Compass)

    Jan 16, 2020
  • A taxi drives past Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    A taxi drives past Madison Square Garden in New York City. (CNS photo by Gregory Shemitz)

    Jan 10, 2020
  • A family prays during Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Parenthood unfolds over decades, traversing a course that is alternately joyful and confounding, replete with moments to celebrate or lament.

    A family prays during Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Parenthood unfolds over decades, traversing a course that is alternately joyful and confounding, replete with moments to celebrate or lament. (CNS photo by Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

    Jan 10, 2020
  • Young men dressed as the Three Kings present the gifts during a Spanish-language Mass on the feast of the Epiphany at St. John of God Church in Central Islip, N.Y.

    Young men dressed as the Three Kings present the gifts during a Spanish-language Mass on the feast of the Epiphany at St. John of God Church in Central Islip, N.Y. Each Epiphany, we hear about the visit from the three Wise Men from afar, bearing royalty-worthy gifts. (CNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz)

    Jan 03, 2020
  • This is an image of Italian artist Andrea Mantegna's 15th-century painting "Adoration of the Magi."

    This is an image of Italian artist Andrea Mantegna's 15th-century painting "Adoration of the Magi." "We saw his star at its rising, and have come to do him homage," explain the wise ones. (CNS photo courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum)

    Jan 02, 2020
  • Members of the choir sing during the annual Christmas concert at St. Malachy's Church -- The Actors' Chapel in New York.

    Members of the choir sing during the annual Christmas concert at St. Malachy's Church -- The Actors' Chapel in New York. (CNS photo by Gregory Schmitz)

    Dec 19, 2019

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