Being a welcoming Christian community is a goal of many Catholic parishes today. Below is a beautiful and inclusive text used in some parish bulletins to welcome people. I recently discovered it in St. Patrick's Church in Oakland, California. It has been around for awhile, but after six months of Pope Francis, it deserves repeating.
Faith & Parish
A nun who became the first woman bishop of South Asia's Anglican community said her appointment has silenced critics who believe only men can be leaders in the church.
A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they're overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party.
But a Public Religion Research Institute survey released Friday at the Religion Newswriters Association conference finds that their religious profile is shifting:
Both North Carolina Catholic bishops are resigning from the North Carolina Council of Churches, an ecumenical organization comprised of Christian church leaders from across the state, because the group supports some issues that contradict Catholic teaching.
In a statement Friday, Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis and Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge said they "deeply value the long-standing relationship with the North Carolina Council of Churches and have informed the council of their strong desire to continue to work together on issues where there is substantial agreement."
Longtime members of the community are concerns that as nonstudents, they are being dismissed as partners in campus ministry.
A network of charitable foundations has formed the Solidarity Fund to provide financial support for nearly a dozen organizations at risk of losing grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Dominican-run Providence College said the provost's decision to cancel a guest lecture supporting same-sex marriage is "not really about academic freedom, but rather goes to the meaning of being a Catholic college."
"Should a Catholic college invite an outside speaker to campus, pay that person an honorarium, and give that person an unchallenged platform from which to present arguments designed to undermine a central tenet of the Catholic faith?" asked a statement Tuesday posted by the university on its website.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kinney of St. Cloud, Minn., and named Bishop Donald Kettler of Fairbanks, Alaska, to succeed him.
Kinney, who has headed the St. Cloud diocese since 1995, is 76. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation at age 75. Kettler, 69, has been the bishop of Fairbanks since 2002.
The changes were announced Friday in Washington by in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Sam Jacobs of Houma-Thibodaux, La., and appointed as his successor Auxiliary Bishop Shelton Fabre of New Orleans.
Jacobs, who has headed the diocese since 2003, is 75, the age at which bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignations to the pope. Fabre, 49, has been a New Orleans auxiliary since 2006.
The changes were announced Monday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Newark, N.J., Archbishop John Myers said Pope Francis appointed a new coadjutor archbishop at his request to assist in several ongoing archdiocesan programs.