Reports this week that the late Pope John Paul II may be on the verge of sainthood after a second miracle was credited to his intercession aren't a huge surprise: When he died eight years ago, crowds were already clamoring for his canonization, and Pope Benedict XVI quickly waived the usual five-year waiting period to get the process rolling.
Every Sunday morning for the last three years, Tim Stier, former pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont, Cailf., has stood outside Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light to call attention to the need for what he calls "structural reform" within the church. Sometimes he is alone, holding a large sign that reads, "Include the Excluded: Women, Gay Persons, Abuse Survivors." At other times, a handful of supporters joins him in the two-hour vigil.
A Philadelphia judge dismissed three of eight murder charges Tuesday in the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist accused of killing babies said to be born alive at his clinic.
These priests, who have dedicated their lives to helping those in poor working conditions, brought with them more than curiosity; they brought stories of their experiences from the past year.
Part educational, part fundraiser and part interactive, the experience allows students to show solidarity with the nearly 43 million displaced persons worldwide.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network will honor St. Joseph Sr. Helen Prejean with the “Robert M. Holstein: Faith that Does Justice Award” May 7 in New Orleans. Prejean is known for her work advocating against the death penalty.
Sr. M. Patrice Kerin, a Franciscan sister in Sylvania, Ohio, who served as general superior and established the health care system Franciscan Services Corporation, died April 7 after a brief illness. She was 86.
Kerin was a good debater and listener, someone who helped people discover solutions instead of giving orders herself, friends said. She exhibited Franciscan values and Irish hospitality, they said.
"She had just a wonderful way of giving you the reverence that you were the only person that was important to her at that time," Franciscan Sr. Rachel Nijakowski said.
"Seelos: Doctor of Souls" tells the story of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, the Redemptorist renowned for his power to heal body and spirit.
With the end of basketball season comes an end of an era as the Big East relaunches around a core of Catholic universities.
A Catholic Korean War chaplain who selflessly pulled wounded men from enemy fire was honored posthumously with the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor, Thursday.