After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow gays and lesbians to march under their own banner for the first time.
Book review: In the United States, a woman is assaulted by her husband or male partner every nine seconds. As Gwendolyn Plano aptly puts it, the situation is "staggering."
Returning from five years of teaching in Africa, theologian Ann Riggs says that missionary work is "an opportunity and location for us to become what we were created to be."
Riggs, who returned to the U.S. in July after teaching college students in Kenya, is a new professor of pastoral studies at Loyola University Chicago.
During her missionary work as the principal, or president, at Friends Theological College, she learned more about the importance of cultural dimensions and perceptions, and plans on bringing her new perspective to her students at Loyola.
A funeral Mass was planned for Wednesday for retired Bishop John J. Nevins of Venice, the founding bishop of the diocese.
Nevins, 82, died Aug. 26 in his home in Venice. He had been in declining health.
A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., he was ordained a priest of the Miami archdiocese in 1959 after studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he earned a master's degree, and The Catholic University of America in Washington.
Ministry & Mission: After the Costa Concordia tragedy, members of the Apostleship of the Sea met with passengers and crew members to offer spiritual and psychological support.
Ministry & Mission: Fr. Joseph McCaffrey has top-secret clearance and access to sensitive information to help him understand what may be troubling agents.
Commentary: Because work is so essential for the well-being of society, the dignity of work must be protected and the basic rights of workers respected.
April this year marked the 50th anniversary of the L'Arche International community. The Los Angeles Catholic Worker's Catholic Agitator newspaper recently published an interview with Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche International, which forms communities with people with intellectual disabilities. Following are excerpts from that interview.
Catholic Agitator: How has your idea of community changed over time?
Today, August 28, is the Feast of St. Augustine. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for that guy, ever since I was a rebellious kid raising hell in a high school Confirmation class I wanted no part of.
Simply Spirit: The new bishop of Rochester, N.Y., is ending a 40-year custom of lay ministers preaching at Mass. But what does canon law actually say?