Did you know that the very first African American priests in the United States were three brothers born of a slave mother and fathered by a Georgia plantation owner?
At the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the state's new same-sex marriage law next week, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield will be offering prayers for "exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage."
The Illinois Legislature passed a bill Nov. 5 allowing same-sex couples to wed, becoming the 15th state to allow such unions. Quinn is scheduled to sign the bill Nov. 20.
Did you know that a canonized saint who described herself as “The mother and servant of the Indian and Negro races” helped finance Holy Redeemer Parish and School in Washington DC?
NCR Today: (Updated) A technical glitch published the questionnaire prematurely, but archdiocesan officials said it would repost later Friday.
Pope Francis' wide-ranging interview with an Italian Jesuit priest, printed in 16 publications run by the order around the world and noted widely for the pontiff's gentle tone on sometimes controversial issues, has been republished as a book in Italy.
Released Wednesday by a publishing house that also owns one of Italy's largest newspapers, the book is titled La mia porta è sempre aperta -- in English, "My door is always open."
USCCB meeting: St. Petersburg, Fla., Bishop Robert Lynch said the bishops "didn't do a lot to advance the kingdom of God on earth -- at least publicly."
I am attending a conference of women religious (AMOR) at the St. Scholastica’s Center for Spirituality in Tagaytay City, south of Manila. The women religious who run the center, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, focus on the spiritual needs of those who come for retreats and spiritual learn. The center is a rich resource for Benedictine spirituality.
Did you know that even though he was born into a rich, noble family of African descent in Spain, St. Peter Claver chose to spend his life serving the sick and downtrodden in South America?
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The bishops on Wednesday said in a statement that "the government is refusing to uphold its obligation to respect the rights of religious believers."