A breakaway Catholic church that stood up to three bishops and weathered a decade-long legal fight is on the verge of becoming a parish in the Episcopal church.
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The diocese is the eighth U.S. diocese to file for bankruptcy protection in the aftermath of sexual abuse lawsuits.
Massachusetts' highest court on Wednesday will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of students' rights.
Peter J. Coulchinsky arrived in the United States from Argentina in 1986 as a young man seeking a law degree. As his time in the U.S. lengthened, the more he decided he wanted to stay.
There was just one problem: He had only a student visa.
After graduation, however, he eventually obtained a green card, then his naturalization and an American passport, a goal for immigrants of many nationalities. Today, 27 years later, the Argentine global wealth adviser works at a financial services firm, Texas Legacy Wealth Management in San Antonio.
Vandals kicked in the basement door of the rectory to break into Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for the second time this year, smashing statues and glass doors and spraying a fire extinguisher throughout the chapel.
The intruders left behind blood stains, fingerprints and a cellphone, police said.
When Fr. Christopher Gray arrived at 8:25 a.m., to prepare for the Sunday liturgy, he saw people standing outside, some weeping, and police cars all around.
"Things were not looking good," he said.
The pastor, Fr. Javier Virgen, was on vacation.
A Washington state consortium of labor, business, religious and government leaders have made public a set of five principles they say should be the foundation for immigration reform.
An influx of human trafficking victims seeking assistance is leading Catholic Charities agencies nationwide to develop a wider range of specialized service to enable victims to rebuild their lives.
From life skills and parenting classes to helping victims adjust to a life free of coercion and mistreatment, the agencies are adapting operations so those who have escaped a trafficking situation are not victimized again by unscrupulous traders in human lives.
To emphasize that the sacrament of baptism formally brings a person into the church of God and not just into a local Christian community, the Vatican has ordered a slight change of wording in the baptismal rite.
At the beginning of the rite, instead of saying, "the Christian community welcomes you with great joy," the officiating minister will say, "the church of God welcomes you with great joy."
The archdiocese of Philadelphia intends to market six nursing homes and one assisted-living facility to help achieve financial stability.
For many bored churchgoers, fiddling with smartphones or computer tablets is the 21st-century equivalent of playing tick-tack-toe or dozing off during services.