Column: Those who left the church because of child abuse, the scrutiny of American nuns or other reasons are watching this new pope carefully.
Annette Funicello, arguably the most famous Disney Mousketeer of all, died Monday in Los Angeles from complications from multiple sclerosis.
Funicello was born in 1942 in Utica, N.Y., to Italian-American parents. She moved to Southern California with her family at age 4. She sang, danced and modeled and was discovered at the age of 12 by Walt Disney when he saw her perform. He invited her to audition for his new television show for children, "The Mickey Mouse Club."
Column: Much remains to be seen about what kind of pope Francis will be, but for progressives, cautious optimism is in order.
Franziska Jägerstätter gained a certain international renown when her husband, who was beheaded in 1943 for refusing to join the Nazi cause on religious grounds, was beatified.
The new pope told a monsignor in 2007 that if he were the pope, Oscar Romero's canonization would be a priority.
Sr. Mary Nona McGreal, master teacher, historian, prolific writer and promoter of Catholic education in the United States, died on March 20 at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis. She was 98. Her life and many ministries, from primary teacher to co-author of a three-volume curriculum used nationally in Catholic schools, spanned 80 years of religious profession.
The president of Graduate Theological Union will become the 29th president -- and first lay president -- of St. Mary's College on July 1.
Throughout the military dictatorships in Latin America from 1950 to 1990, the hierarchies of the Catholic church and heads of Catholic religious orders took up varying positions in relation to the brutal suppression and the crucifixion of their peoples carried out by these dictatorships, whether in Argentina, Brazil or El Salvador.
However, the touchstone by which we should measure these hierarchical responses, or lack of them, should be the person of Msgr. Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador for just three years from 1977 to 1980, when he was assassinated.
First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans -- and they and their children are paying a price, a new report says.
Column: Eugene Patterson was a standout in a time when newsroom bravery meant risking your and your family's life.