"One in four Americans believe ... that the hand of God will be seen before the final whistle blows in the Super Bowl."
Faith & Parish
In predominantly African-American parishes across Chicago, deacons took to the pulpit to preach against violence in their communities on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Daniel Garcia, the vicar general of the diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.
Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia.
The appointment was announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The newly named auxiliary bishop will assist Bishop Joe Vasquez, who has headed the Austin diocese since 2010.
His episcopal ordination is scheduled for March 3.
Young Voices: Educating for a more just world begins in our own community of faith. It's easy to cry out for equality outside of church, but that needs to stop.
When we were children, our mother was not content with having us pray the ordinary grace before meals. No, at grace time, as well as in prayers before bed, there was a litany of sorts in which we remembered family and friends, and always ended with the simple prayer, "Please, God, help me to know my vocation and have the grace and strength to follow it." Mom was a firm believer that everyone had a vocation, a call to serve God with their best talents and deepest desires.
The situation of profiling people of color -- especially young men -- means we can't warn them to be careful anymore.
Faith and Justice: There is no room in the church for passive observers; we are all called to be the body of Christ active in our world today.
In a letter delivered to Georgia Walker's home, Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn said her excommunication was effective immediately.
Eco Catholic: For 22 months now, people have been bringing their trash to church at St. Anthony Parish in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood.
Pope Francis has named Franciscan Fr. Fernand "Ferd" Cheri III, a New Orleans native who currently is director of campus ministry at Quincy University in Illinois, as an auxiliary bishop of the New Orleans archdiocese.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment Monday.
Cheri, who turns 63 on Jan. 28, has a background that includes extensive roles in black Catholic liturgy, music and spirituality, in addition to having served on the Franciscans' provincial council and as their director of friar life.