The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis "opens for the church a path full of hope ... at this crucial time," said the Jesuit superior general Thursday.
Five key Catholic bishops are opposing the newly authorized Violence Against Women Act for fear it will subvert traditional views of marriage and gender.
Rome dispatch: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn spoke at a memorial service for a Hungarian martyr, which he says shows "what is really important."
Essay: One day you awake to find yourself behind barbed wire fences as a prisoner of an escape-proof concentration camp -- old age.
In the wake of Pope Benedict's resignation announcement Feb. 11, gay and lesbian Catholics reacted with relief and cautious optimism.
Dr. Evelyn Billings, who pioneered research that led them to develop a form of natural family planning supported by the Catholic church, died Saturday after a short illness. She was 95.
California police are investigating whether a Navy veteran charged with raping a woman he met on a Christian dating site may have used different aliases to arrange other meetings as he traveled across the country, ABC News reported Monday.
Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, near San Diego, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and was released on $500,000 bond. He is accused of the November sexual assault of a La Mesa resident he met on ChristianMingle.com. He also pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary.
Five young adult Catholics around the nation shared their thoughts on Pope Benedict's resignation with NCR. Below are excerpts from their phone interviews.
1. How do you feel about Pope Benedict resigning?
One after another they surface: bemedaled generals coming out of well-pensioned retirements to salute themselves for their military careers of duty-honor-country-valor. They write books, shifting from the martial arts to the literary arts -- aka cashing in.
Mission Management: Why is it so psychologically treacherous for missioners to go into conflict zones?