Catholic charities have set up relief services in the areas hit hardest, which are highly developed and have a high poverty rate.
Faith & Parish
After reading a letter against Maryland's Civil Marriage Protection Act, the priest received a standing ovation for a homily voicing support of same-sex unions.
The almost life-sized statue was unveiled Sept. 29, the evening before a Sunday Mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
The Land Stewardship Project, which assists beginner and rural farmers, lost a $48,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development despite having no position on same-sex marriage.
Abandonment of internal church discipline over the past half century has undermined the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, said one American cardinal at the synod.
"My dad used to say, 'I know what happened 2,000 years ago. I need to know how to live my life today.'"
These words, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, get to the heart of a new proposed document on preaching to be considered by the U.S. bishops at the fall general meeting in November.
The document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.
After a report Friday stated that a Catholic hospital in Phoenix had its official status revoked, the Mercy sister said the hospital is in a "good faith discussion" with the bishop.
The changes to the "Lamb of God" during Mass came about after the Vatican said a 2007 document approved by U.S. bishops conflicted with church law.
The changes ask musicians and the faithful to stop referring to Jesus by any title but "Lamb of God" before they receive Communion.
While the data that show people in the United States are walking away from organized religion in unprecedented numbers are overwhelmingly clear, they don't answer the more nagging question: Why?