Appreciation: Sr. Mary Ann Walsh was a quiet nun with a keen wit who led a very public life as a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the USCCB.
Book review: The affecting new memoir Just Mercy is rooted in understanding that "being broken is what makes us human."
Bishop Thomas J. Connolly, longtime spiritual leader of diocese of Baker, Ore., died Friday at age 92. He had lived at Maryville Nursing Home since 2011.
Over the years, Connolly took to horseback to help ranchers bring cattle to winter pasture. He drove between 30,000 and 35,000 miles per year in his spread-out diocese in eastern Oregon.
"Give it all you've got," the bishop said of priesthood in 2007. "By its essential nature, priesthood is a marvelous vocation. God is good and so are the people."
At the meeting, 38 delegates from 10 countries said they seek to establish an international "network of networks" to develop strategies on church reform.
Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., and named Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City to succeed him.
Sheehan, who has headed the Santa Fe archdiocese since 1993, turned 75 last year, the age at which bishops are required under canon law to submit their resignations to the pope.
A San Francisco native, Wester, 64, has headed the Salt Lake City diocese, which encompasses the entire state of Utah, since 2007.
Bishops who are named to head archdioceses immediately assume the title of archbishop.
Vietnamese Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai will be remembered as a successful communicator who spent all life serving the church in Asia for decades.
Tai died of abdomen cancer Tuesday at age 67 in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. His funeral Mass was scheduled for Friday at the Assumption Cathedral of his native Vinh Long diocese.
He was considered the cornerstone or one of the pillars of Radio Veritas Asia, the 45-year-old continental short-wave radio station owned and operated by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference in Manila, Philippines.
Young Voices: The arguments about the death penalty feel exhausted. Nevertheless, the conversation is very much alive.
Eco Catholic: While the upcoming encyclical has fanned optimistic flames for environmentalists in and outside the church, it hasn't raised temperatures evenly for all.
A Vatican official said he hoped the canonization would provide better recognition of the Catholic contribution to U.S. history.
Essay: No other nation imprisons its people as we do. Yet, going into jail to listen and help is an act of mercy and love.