A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 7 for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose. But was it appropriate?
We say: The arrogance and self-importance required to undertake such a project, which will cost at least $500,000, on one's own behalf is breathtaking.
Philosopher and theologian Dick Westley was considered a giant in the Chicago Catholic community. He died Feb. 9 at the age of 85.
An appeals court in Hanoi today upheld the sentence given to a jailed Catholic lawyer, who is on hunger strike, while international human rights groups called on Vietnam to release him.
The People’s Supreme Court upheld the jail term of 30 months for lawyer and dissident Joseph Le Quoc Quan for charges of tax evasion. His firm was also fined 1.29 billion dong (approximately US $61,000), local sources said.
Attorney Ha Huy Son, who supported Quan in court, told the BBC’s Vietnamese section that he “is disappointed by the appeal court’s decision that has been approved.”
Three Catholic anti-war activists, including an 84-year-old nun, were sentenced to federal prison terms Tuesday for sabotage and destruction of government property.
Jesuit Fr. Daniel J. Harrington, one of the world's leading New Testament scholars, died Feb. 7 after a four-year battle with cancer.
Opinion: For Vicki and Syl Schieber, a test of their faith came when their 23-year-old daughter, Shannon, was murdered in 1998.
The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the "Snake Salvation" reality television show, died Saturday after a snakebite during a church service. He was 42.
Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Ky., was found dead at his house around 10 p.m.
Coots had been bitten at the church, Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe told WBIR television in Knoxville. Sharpe said emergency workers went to the church and to Coots' home but he refused medical care.
The first bottles of Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed by the monks at St. Joseph's Abbey. barely hit the shelves before they were sold out.
The Catholic bishops of New York urged compassion and acceptance for people suffering from mental illness in a new pastoral statement, and the state Catholic conference, their public policy arm, issued specific policy recommendations related to those with mental illness.
The bishops' statement, " 'For I Am Lonely and Afflicted': Toward a Just Response to the Needs of Mentally Ill Persons," cited the example of Jesus in the Gospels in demonstrating how society should respond to those with mental illness.