There is a divide in America about what it means to be religious, with a majority believing it's about acting morally and a minority equating it with faith.
Faith & Parish
Those attending the annual convention of the National Apostolate of Maronites in Tampa, Fla., in early July had no idea that a newly named bishop was in their midst.
Fr. Abdallah Zaidan was in his hotel room July 5 preparing for Mass when he received a call from the apostolic nunciature in Washington that Pope Francis was naming him the next eparch, or bishop, of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon.
The eparchy, which relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to St. Louis about 12 years ago, serves approximately 34,000 Maronite Catholics in 34 states.
The excitement of attending World Youth Day became disappointment for 24 Catholics in the diocese of Green Bay after learning the agency overseeing arrangements to Brazil claimed bankruptcy.
Bishop Mark Seitz promised to lead his flock into a new century characterized by the new evangelization as he was installed as bishop of the nearly 100-year-old diocese of El Paso.
In a homily presented in both English and Spanish, Seitz addressed more than 4,000 people who attended the installation Mass Tuesday in the grand hall of the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.
He promised to listen for the voice of the Lord in the words of the priests, the deacons, the laity "and the voices of the poor, for I am sure he will speak through them."
Expressing concern that the priest's message will "damage the unity" of the church, the Philadelphia archdiocese prohibited the Austrian priest from speaking at any diocesan-related facility.
After the emergence and growing presence of Christian praise songs on Sunday, some modern hymn writers are looking to go retro.
According to NPR, husband-and-wife duo Keith and Kristyn Getty of Nashville, Tenn., have been working together to bring back the traditional worship hymn. They believe some people might feel closer to God through more traditional-sounding songs.
Celebrating Mass just a few miles from the hallowed grounds of its Civil War battlefields, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan called Gettysburg "a shrine and a sanctuary" to which pilgrims journey with "a deep sense of honor, awe, reverence, patriotism and gratitude."
Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, celebrated the outdoor Mass on Saturday on the grounds of Xavier Center, home to the parish center and parochial school of St. Francis Xavier Parish in the diocese of Harrisburg.
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U.S. Catholic bishops "must take to heart" that the "vast majority" of U.S. priests are "extremely dissatisfied" with the new translation of the Roman missal, Bishop Donald Trautman said.
Many of the approximately 150 priests to attend the assembly consider themselves in line with the teachings of Vatican II.