When officials from four groups of black Catholic clergy selected Charleston as the location of their 2015 joint conference, they did not expect to gather in a city rocked by a race-related shooting.
Faith & Parish
Teachers at four Catholic high schools, under pressure from the San Francisco archbishop to adhere to church teaching in their personal lives, narrowly accepted a union agreement with the archdiocese.
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is reaching out with healing services to those sexually abused by priests.
At Alfred Street Baptist Church, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. White-uniformed ushers guide African-Americans of all ages to their seats. Some stand and wave their hands in the air as the large, robed choir begins to sing.
In September, after using a dozen wired overflow rooms, the church will start its fourth weekend service.
So many people attend, church leaders are now asking people to limit their attendance to one service.
Today's first reading sounds like a description of a feast of fools. Who would brag that they were singled out to receive a special invitation addressed to the ignorant or a reserved place at the supper for the simple? Yet when Lady Wisdom sets the table in her mansion, she is very particular about her guest list -- she invites only the unpretentious.
Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck told Catholic parishes, schools and institutions they must cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America.
As the United States gears up for the next presidential election in 2016, would-be contenders are already coming forward to announce their candidacies. As soon as each makes his or her intentions public, the race begins -- not the presidential race, but a parallel race bent on smearing the opposition by digging into their personal lives for every true or unsubstantiated detail that might cast doubt on their abilities, ethics, principles and values.
Montgomery, Alabama-based St. Jude Parish became the first stopover in the NAACP's "Journey for Justice" march, which started Aug. 1 in Selma, Alabama.
Fr. Bob Stiefvater, pastor in the north side of Milwaukee since June 16, takes daily walks in the community as a way to show the church's presence in the area.
Explosives that went off about a half hour apart shattered the serenity of morning services at two Las Cruces churches Aug. 2, but caused no injuries and only minor damage, police said.