The U.S. bishops will converge on New Orleans next week. Here's what they're set to talk about.
Faith & Parish
One of the two Precious Blood Fathers who will run the parish together says he comes only to "be present, to be pleasant, and to love the people of God."
For the five Sundays of Easter this year, members of the Neocatechumenal Way from all across the Los Angeles archdiocese and the San Bernardino and Orange dioceses took the good news of the Gospel to the public squares of Southern California.
In what the movement calls the "great mission," members volunteered to reach out to people in a public area -- perhaps the parking lot of a shopping center, perhaps in a park -- and invite them to a 75-minute gathering that included prayer and testimony from people walking "the Way," for short, as well as a group dialogue and catechesis.
The archdiocese of Detroit conducted a "Perceptions of the Faithful" survey, in which parishioners said they generally like their parish and their pastor
Baker, Ore., Bishop Liam Cary said that Catholics that attend Mass at a breakaway denomination will sever that person's full membership in the RCC.
Fascinating information is emerging from the new Pew Research survey on the religious beliefs and practices of Latinos in the United States.
The church's celebration of Pentecost highlights the "life-changing power of God's presence" believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Although the feast, celebrated June 8, doesn't look as it did in the apostles' time -- with the roar of wind and tongues of fire -- the cardinal said it serves as a reminder of the outpouring of God's spirit long ago and continuously.
"The Holy Spirit comes regularly" and is "active in the church today," he said.
Atheists lost their case against the "In God We Trust" motto on the nation's currency Wednesday.
It's a battle they have lost several times before as court after court has affirmed that printing and engraving the country's motto on its money does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
On May 18, 1789, about two dozen priests then serving in the new United States of America met at a chapel in White Marsh and had an election at which they nominated Fr. John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States.
That fall, Pope Pius VI appointed Carroll as the nation's first Catholic bishop to lead the new Baltimore diocese, which at that time encompassed the Catholic community living in all 13 original states.
In eight months, Bishop Frank Caggiano, 55, has gone to work buttressing existing networks, repairing those long abandoned and constructing new connections.