The Most Precious Gift

Every year the U.S. Census Bureau collects data on the nation’s Christmas spending habits. A few of this year’s stats: 16.6 billion Number of cards, letters, and packages the U.S. Postal Service will deliver between Dec. 1 and Christmas this year. $4.3 billion The value of U.S. toy imports from China between January and August ...

Winning favor with China

Old news: a prominent religious scholar wants China to pass a law guaranteeing religious freedoms. New news: The scholar, Liu Peng, is getting publicity for his cause in China Daily, the official government English language newspaper of China. How’s that for a twist! Liu Peng’s freedom to promote legal reforms in a government newspaper is ...

Confronting the Christmas Quandary

You want to acknowledge those you love, but not encourage materialism; to give meaningful gifts without imposing an obligation to reciprocate; to rise above the canned opulence of the holidays and focus on the “reason for the season.” You want to slam the brakes on that barreling train of twisted tradition that makes you either ...

Advent: the Forgotten Season

Sunday, Nov. 29, marked the advent of Advent – a traditional Catholic observance that often gets upstaged by Thanksgiving on one end and Christmas on the other, especially now that the Christmas season seems to begin on Black Friday or even earlier! But Advent is important. For one thing, it’s the liturgical version of New ...

World AIDS Day:Get involved

In honor of World AIDS Day, Pope Benedict XVI recently gave a talk at St. Peter’s Square: “The Church never ceases to strive to combat AIDS through her institutions and personnel dedicated to that task. I call upon everyone to make their contribution, with prayer and tangible assistance, so that people affected by the HIV ...

Many Thanks!

Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the best reminders we have to sit back and take stock of all we have to be thankful for. And we at Cross Catholic have found so much to thank God for this year! In the spirit of Psalm 9:1 — “I will give thanks to the LORD with my ...

Feeding Hungry Families for Thanksgiving

Though we are an international organization, Cross International Catholic Outreach occasionally finds the opportunity to reach out to those in need in our own community. This month we’ve partnered with St. Maurice Catholic Church to distribute 21,000-pounds of Thanksgiving food supplies to hundreds of the poor in South Florida. On Friday, a few Cross Catholic ...

Giving God the Glory

A few of our staff members recently visited China to see how we could expand our outreach there. During their trip, they met with a ministry called China Little Flower, which is run by Nebraskan-born Catholic Brent Johnson. The ministry operates five homes around Beijing for premature babies and critically-ill children who were abandoned or ...