Social justice activists from around the country gathered recently to launch a "Year of Encounter with Pope Francis" to build on the pope's attention to the poor and marginalized.
Faith & Parish
The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago.
That's the top finding -- one that will ricochet through American faith, culture and politics -- in the Pew Research Center's newest report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape," released Tuesday.
This trend "is big, it's broad and it's everywhere," said Alan Cooperman, Pew's director of religion research.
Arrupe College will be a way to create access and affordability for high school students who might not otherwise find their way into college.
In early May, Catholic school teachers in the New York archdiocese took part in one-day strikes at 16 different schools and are planning to continue to participate in these "rolling strikes" throughout the month, according to the teachers' union.
"We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality."
Vaughn Treco, a husband, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, was ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May with the approval of Pope Francis.
His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal requirement for celibacy.
Treco will serve within the geographic boundaries of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese as a member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter as the priest for a community of former Anglicans.
The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed nearly four and a half years ago and has accrued at least $16 million and perhaps more than $20 million in legal fees.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed.
Abbott, a Catholic, noted at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held Thursday in Washington, there are times when "our prayers are answered differently than the way we expect."
He said he can recall, "I spent months praying and hoping for the best possible outcome" after the accident. God, instead, "responded by giving me challenges that made me even stronger."
Catholics and Jews risk losing their hard-won interfaith amity if they take ecumenism for granted and fail to pass it along to a new generation of seminarians and laity, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said in an address at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
The cardinal spoke Wednesday* about 50 years of substantive interactions that began with Nostra Aetate ("In Our Time"), the Second Vatican Council's declaration on relations with non-Christian religions promulgated by Blessed Paul VI in 1965.
The priest says Finn's resignation was the result of "a long, bitter, nasty campaign by many of our brothers and sisters."