The new year will be a brighter beginning for Terrance Alston, 49, who once spent years on the streets.
Salvatorian Fr. Robert Nugent co-founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to build bridges between the gay community and the Catholic church.
Trail Life USA, the new scouting group created as an alternative to Boy Scouts of America, launched Jan. 1 with over 500 troops.
CAMERADO, I GIVE YOU MY HAND: HOW A POWERFUL LAWYER-TURNED-PRIEST IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF MEN BEHIND BARS
By Maura Poston Zagrans
Published by Image Books, $22
Christmas: Since 1984, NCR has published Maryknoll Fr. Bob McCahill's annual Christmas letter, chronicling his experience among the people of Bangladesh.
My Table is Spread: The Christmas letter author needs a director's eye and a film editor's willingness to leave hours of the story on the cutting-room floor.
Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, say they pretend Santa will visit their house on Christmas Eve.
Overall, 31 percent of U.S. adults play up the Santa role in their holiday season, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
Jesus, however, is still the star of Christmas.
The survey finds that 73 percent of adults believe Jesus was born of a virgin -- the act of God at the theological heart of the Christmas story, the birth of the Christ child.
Gay and lesbian Catholic students in Pennsylvania are joining alumni and others in pushing a Catholic high school near Philadelphia to reinstate a teacher who was fired after he applied for a marriage license with his partner.
The effort is one of several in support of Michael Griffin, who was dismissed by Holy Ghost Preparatory School, and they include a petition at Change.org that had drawn more than 7,500 signatures as of Monday.
Amid the scramble to gather new data ahead of next October's synod on the family, a question arises: Will the Vatican take into account outside research?
RELIGION, POLITICS, AND POLARIZATION: HOW RELIGIOPOLITICAL CONFLICT IS CHANGING CONGRESS AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
By William V. D'Antonio, Steven A. Tuch and Josiah R. Baker
Published by Rowman & Littlefield, $28