Did you know that the first African-American priest ever to be ordained in the United States was born and raised in nearby Baltimore, MD, 150 years ago?
Pope Francis' representative to the U.S. Church called on the American bishops to be pastoral witnesses not ideologues. He pointed to Pope Francis who "is giving us, by his own witness, an example of how to live a life attuned to the values of the Gospel."
Two Catholic nonprofit groups urged Monday that the U.S bishops, meeting here for their annual assembly, follow the lead of Pope Francis in building a "church for the poor" in the United States.
Specifically, the groups said, the American prelates could make their national office a "bishops' conference for the poor" by drafting a new statement on the continuing economic crisis and by launching a nationwide poverty awareness campaign.
One of Italy’s best known sociologists of religion says more than half the country’s pastors report an increase in attendance at Mass and the sacrament of reconciliation that they attribute to a “Francis effect,” and that “hundreds of thousands” of Italians have returned to the practice of the faith because of the new pope.
“It’s a massive, and even spectacular result,” said Massimo Introvigne, one he believes cannot be attributed to a passing “media honeymoon.”
As the U.S. bishops start their annual meeting, they face a number of tough choices, including with whom to eat. A Catholic Worker hopes they choose his alternative dinner Tuesday.
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Vatican II ushered in a number of new structures including synods of bishops to demonstrate that church governance was heading in a more collaborative direction. For most Catholics, the parish council represented this development most evidently.
As agencies of change, all of them have been colossal failures because the premise behind the consultations virtually guaranteed nothing would change.
Did you know that a former slave who worked as a hairdresser in New York more than two centuries ago is on track to become the first African American man canonized as a saint from the United States?
Prayers were offered Sunday at Masses at the Saigon cathedral today for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines in the past 48 hours and then struck central Vietnam.
This is a scene from the Communion service at the 6:30 a.m. Mass Sunday.
Did you know that the first African woman to be canonized as a saint by the Church in 21st century lived her entire childhood as a slave?