Update: Confusion and consternation are running strong for parishioners at a Bend, Ore., church whose pastor was removed Oct. 1, and the parishioners want answers.
Faith & Parish
An Ohio priest was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from the coffers of his parish and from an 89-year-old parishioner who entrusted him to oversee her finances.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, Conn., and named as his successor Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio.
Mansell, who has headed the Hartford archdiocese since 2003, is 76. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope at 75.
A native of Detroit, Blair, 64, was installed as Toledo's bishop in 2003.
The changes were announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The mission of the Catholic church will continue to be centered on Christ, and Catholics must open up their hearts, receive a "spiritual pacemaker" from the Holy Spirit and be more like the "good Samaritan" to carry out God's will, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga told attendees at a ministry conference Friday.
Rodriguez, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, was the keynote speaker for the seventh annual University of Dallas Ministry Council, co-sponsored by the Dallas and Fort Worth dioceses and the University of Dallas in Irving.
The rates of baptism in the United States are nose-diving as fewer people think it's essential to have "God in the middle." Here's why.
After months of listening to Pope Francis' admonishments to take the church to the peripheries, Catholics in Asia examined their missions in a conference on the new evangelization.
It took the U.S. Supreme Court to make the final decision.
But the nine justices simply confirmed Oct. 15 what Benedictine Abbot Justin Brown knew in his heart for the past six years: The Benedictine monks of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington were not breaking the law by handcrafting plain cypress caskets and selling them to Louisiana residents.
Two sexual abuse victims groups crashed a party planned for a former Arkansas high school athletic director convicted of failing to report the sexual abuse of a minor.
Pope Francis, like Islam's Sufi mystic theologians and poets, "is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion," said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland.
Mohamad Bashar Arafat, a Syrian who has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was visiting the Vatican and speaking to groups in Rome in early October as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See as part of the U.S. State Department's international speakers program.
Catholic charities and churches across the Arlington diocese in northern Virginia have been looking at how to lessen the impact of the government shutdown on the community.
In response to the government freeze, Arlington diocesan Catholic Charities was giving nonperishable food to families affected by the shutdown through food pantries in Alexandria and Leesburg.
"We have plenty of supplies, but we don't know the kind of response we are going to get," said Sally O'Dwyer, Catholic Charities vice president for community service. "We will give until we have no more."