The brainchild of two Catholic Knights of Malta has led to hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and the renovation of 8,000 low-income homes.
At 82, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn't have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements against traditional dogmas once scandalized Christendom.
Could the death penalty be dying? Have we had enough of the five methods of state-sanctioned killing: hanging, shooting, gassing, drugging and electrocuting? Are we finally agreeing with Harry Blackmun, who, before retiring from the Supreme Court in 1994, said that the death penalty should be unconstitutional in all cases?
In 2011, Bob Hentzen walked 8,000 miles across South America to find sponsors for 8,000 impoverished children.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of seven men and women, including a Canadian and an English founder of two religious orders for women.
He also declared the Italian medieval mystic, Blessed Angela of Foligno, a saint, foregoing the usual process of canonization and without formally recognizing a second miracle.
Pope Francis accepted a proposal Wednesday by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, allowing Blessed Angela to become a saint immediately. The Vatican made the announcement Friday.
Grace on the Margins: After 23 years, Sr. Christine Schenk is stepping down as executive director of FutureChurch.
Herman Wallace, 71, experienced three days of freedom after 42 years of solitary confinement before he died Friday.
MY BRIGHT ABYSS: MEDITATION OF A MODERN BELIEVER
By Christian Wiman
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Sulpician Fr. James McKearney was forced to resign as rector and president of St. Patrick Seminary and University for reasons that are still unclear.
Attendees at a regional conference of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations focused on how Catholic women can take action, locally and globally, on "all forms of poverty" -- hunger, domestic violence, human trafficking and the needs of migrants.