Auxiliary Bishop Philip Hannan of Washington was a close friend and confidant of President John F. Kennedy, but he had kept that friendship secret.
The appointment of Caitlin Hendel came after a nationwide search and was made Nov. 16 during the NCR board's fall meeting. Thomas C. Fox will remain publisher of the company.
Two advocates for worker rights received the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Cardinal Joseph Bernardin New Leadership Award during the U.S. bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.
Jose and Ana Aguayo, a brother-and-sister team instrumental in the success of the Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center, were recognized Monday for their advocacy efforts on behalf of low-wage workers.
In a petition circulated online, Change.org minces no words: "NAACP: Hire the First Woman President in the NAACP's 104 year History."
Italian Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, who had devoted most of his priestly life to music and served as director of the Sistine Chapel Choir for more than 40 years, died Monday at the age of 96.
In a telegram of condolence to Bartolucci's family and friends, Pope Francis described him as a "dear and esteemed priest, illustrious composer and musician, who exercised his long ministry particularly through sacred music, which is born of faith and expresses faith."
The pope said Bartolucci valued and promoted polyphony, "aimed at elevating the heart in praise of God."
Tom Cornell, 79, no longer participates in demonstrations that lead to his arrest, but he is involved in another vital part of the movement.
Pope Francis is calling for a theology of women, but women in the church are resistant, calling instead for a theology of the laity.
The book, A Language of the Heart, is dedicated to the life of Anne Smedinghoff, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
"There's nothing like the possibility of sudden death to help one focus on what's really important," said Fr. Peter Smith of Portland, Ore.
On Friday, officials at the Colorado Springs, Colo., campus announced its 4,000 current cadets would be allowed to opt out of the final phrase of their honor code.