Fifty years ago, the bishops of Georgia and South Carolina decided it was the right time to desegregate their Catholic schools.
Charles Reginald Moore was the first African-American to graduate from St. Joseph's High School in Atlanta. Entering in the fall of 1962, when the first black students desegregated Catholic schools in the Atlanta archdiocese, Moore came in as a junior.
Instead of insurance companies, a group of believers rely on God -- and the help of others -- to pay their medical bills.
This week, State Sen. Richard Black, R-Va., withdrew his candidacy for Congress after a two-day run. In Jan. 2013, Black wrote to Pope Benedict XVI stating that he was “revolted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ support for the canonization of [Dorothy Day] whose views supported the violent extermination of Christians throughout the world.”
The lead defense attorney for an 83-year-old nun convicted of damaging government property said the U.S. attorney in the case will ask the judge to impose long prison sentences on Sr. Megan Rice and two others slated to be sentenced in federal court next week.
Bill Quigley said federal guidelines for the three suggest five to seven years in prison for Rice, six to eight years for Greg Boertje-Obed and seven to nine years for Michael Walli. The three, known as the Transform Now Plowshares, broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on July 28, 2012.
After years of tensions with various bishops, Fr. Frank Pavone has complied with demands to straighten out the group's finances.
Cardinal-designate Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, Chile, said he would serve the church with "humility and simplicity" when he is elevated to cardinal in February.
The cardinal-designate also said although his name had been circulated as a potential candidate, the announcement that he was chosen along with 18 others by Pope Francis was "unexpected."
Even as he prepares to receive a red biretta from the hands of Pope Francis, Cardinal-designate Kelvin Felix hopes he can continue his ministry as a "country parish priest."
But he admitted he may have a few new assignments from Pope Francis.
The Dominica-born prelate, ordained in 1956, is the first cardinal to be named from the Antilles bishops' conference, based in Trinidad and Tobago.
Column: Dolores Foster Williams of Chicago was not pleased with the crop of men set to receive a red hat next month.
Michael Christian Martinez, 17, will be the first skater to represent the Philippines in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.