Column: If the church wants to encourage adoption as a choice for women who cannot parent their biological children, we need to pay attention to our language on adoption.
Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang of Shanghai, a prominent leader of China's underground Catholic Community, died after a brief illness Sunday at his home. He was 96.
Fan, like many other Catholic leaders, served in prison after he and other priests were arrested in 1955 during a government crackdown. From 1958 to 1978, Fan was imprisoned in Qinghai province, where his job was to carry corpses in a cemetery, reported the Asian church news portal ucanews.com.
Recently inducted to the College of Cardinals, Orlando Quevedo is likened to Pope Francis in the way he leads by example and keeps close to the people. He also has a long history of fighting oppression and abuses during periods of conflict in the Philippines.
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Appreciation: Dominican Sr. Kaye Ashe was part of a generation of smart, gutsy women who opened the world's eyes to Catholic women's potential and barriers to its fulfillment.
Kim Daniels, the first person to become spokesperson for the president of the USCCB, left by her own choice earlier this year, the conference said.
Tomas Halik, a Roman Catholic priest and philosopher, onetime Czech political activist and an advocate for religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, won the 2014 Templeton Prize on Thursday for religious and spiritual progress.
Halik, 65, a convert to Catholicism whose influences include religious figures such as Mother Teresa and author Graham Greene, has in recent years been increasingly active in building bridges between people of different faiths and between those who claim a religious tradition and those who do not.
Portuguese Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, the retired archbishop of Lisbon, died Wednesday at the age of 78, apparently of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. He had been on retreat in Fatima when he experienced chest pains and was taken to a hospital in Lisbon, where he died.
He led the church in Portugal from 1998 to 2013, serving as archbishop or, officially, as "patriarch of Lisbon." Made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001, he participated in the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI and in the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.
"His constant outreach to the alienated, his emphasis on mercy and his sheer humanity have served as an inspiration," the USCCB said.
Seattle University students are asking for an open dialogue in the wake of the removal of a vice principal because of his same-sex marriage.