When I first met Cardinal Edmund Szoka in 1986, I knew very little about him except that he had a reputation as a conservative. I was in Detroit to interview him for what became my first book on the governance of the church, Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church. I did not realize at the time that he was also going to end up in my books on the U.S. bishops' conference and the Vatican.
The mood was somber Monday morning, but there was a sense of community as the family and friends of Michael Brown gathered for his funeral. Mourners from across the community and the country arrived as early as 7:45 a.m. at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis for the 10 a.m. service.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9.
Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who rose from poor beginnings to reach the highest levels of service to the church, died Aug. 20.
In a globalized society in which millions of people regularly cross international borders, a coup, a virus, tribal clashes or a natural disaster can toss whole regions into chaos.
Commentary: Attorney General Eric Holder has taken almost unprecedented, lightning-fast first steps to potentially bring civil rights charges against the officer who shot Michael Brown.
James Foley, a Marquette University graduate who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, prayed the rosary to get him through one period of captivity.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Sr. Carol Keehan.
The largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation met Tuesday to discuss the future under the Affordable Care Act.
Jesuit Fr. William Brennan spent the last two years of his life under restricted ministry because of participating in a eucharistic liturgy with a Roman Catholic woman priest.
"In this place of prayer, in this place of faith ... this place is a fertile ground to talk about our love of the Lord."