Appreciation: Dominican Sr. Kaye Ashe was part of a generation of smart, gutsy women who opened the world's eyes to Catholic women's potential and barriers to its fulfillment.
Kim Daniels, the first person to become spokesperson for the president of the USCCB, left by her own choice earlier this year, the conference said.
Tomas Halik, a Roman Catholic priest and philosopher, onetime Czech political activist and an advocate for religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, won the 2014 Templeton Prize on Thursday for religious and spiritual progress.
Halik, 65, a convert to Catholicism whose influences include religious figures such as Mother Teresa and author Graham Greene, has in recent years been increasingly active in building bridges between people of different faiths and between those who claim a religious tradition and those who do not.
Portuguese Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, the retired archbishop of Lisbon, died Wednesday at the age of 78, apparently of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. He had been on retreat in Fatima when he experienced chest pains and was taken to a hospital in Lisbon, where he died.
He led the church in Portugal from 1998 to 2013, serving as archbishop or, officially, as "patriarch of Lisbon." Made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001, he participated in the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI and in the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.
"His constant outreach to the alienated, his emphasis on mercy and his sheer humanity have served as an inspiration," the USCCB said.
Seattle University students are asking for an open dialogue in the wake of the removal of a vice principal because of his same-sex marriage.
Commentary: Few Catholics objected last year when the new pope cranked up the engine of financial reform within the Vatican as one of his first orders of business.
A team of religious, civic and business leaders will travel to Rome to plan for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.
Updated: Seattle archdiocese said it had no role in Mark Zmuda's dismissal from Eastside Catholic School, will seek suit dismissed.
The number of complaints and million-dollar settlements for cases of religious workplace discrimination neared record levels in 2013.