On Friday, PBS NewsHour profiled the first Muslim American general manager of a major professional baseball team, Farhan Zaidi of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His ascension as the first Muslim American into the most American of sports and cultural institutions, baseball, provides a perfect example of integrating into a new country while remaining proud and living by one's cultural and religious roots and values.
A decade on, the late John Paul II still towers far above other national figureheads. Behind the scenes of national life, however, things have been changing.
Australian police are searching for an arsonist following suspicious fires at three Melbourne area churches with links to clerical sexual abuse.
Three blazes broke out in as many days, beginning in the suburb of Brighton with St. James Church, which was almost destroyed Monday. The church is included on the Australian National Heritage List.
St. Mary Church in St. Kilda East sustained minor damage from a fire believed to have been deliberately set around the same time.
Officials at an elite academy operated by the Legionaries of Christ apologized for a viral video starring students in its graduating class who critics accused of sexism and showing off insensitivity and privilege.
The professionally produced video shows male students in suits, sipping drinks, tending to a jaguar on a leash and carrying out a casting call in which young women attempt to win their affection. The women dance, strip, chase the students and even wash their feet. The young men feign fatigue with it all.
Making a Difference: As Christians focus on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, we naturally think of the Holy Land.
The Japanese bishops asked that even if Francis did not outright condemn nuclear power, he say it has "very serious problems that threaten life."
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has advised bishops' conferences not to take "doctrinal and disciplinary decisions" on issues that rightly fall under the magisterium of the church.
Cardinal Gerhard Muller said while bishops' conferences have authority on some matters, "they don't constitute a magisterium within the magisterium, independently of the pope and out of communion with other bishops."
The Church of England's commitment to advance the cause of women took another step forward Thursday with the appointment of Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of England.
That makes three women bishops in the space of three months since the church overcame its long-standing opposition to women bishops late last year. On Wednesday, the church appointed its second woman bishop, Alison White, 58, as suffragan bishop of Hull.
The Polish bishops' conference defended its handling of sexual abuse by clergy after a former priest was jailed in connection with the case of Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized former nuncio to the Dominican Republic.
"The Catholic Church is the only entity in Poland to have adopted guidelines on pedophilia," Fr. Jozef Kloch, conference spokesman, told Catholic News Service.
Two members of the new Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse have said they are both concerned and surprised at the pontiff's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse, and even witnessing it, while he was a priest.