In a survey of Catholics age 14 and older, about 12 percent of males and 10 percent of females said they considered a religious vocation at least "a little seriously," a study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University found.
In January 2007, Catholic Charities USA launched a campaign to cut U.S. poverty in half by 2020, but the Great Recession threw up a roadblock.
Viewpoint: Vatican II revolutionized the church, but should John XXIII be canonized for it?
A memorial service will be held Friday in Spokane, Wash., for Jesuit Fr. John “Jack” Morris, the priest who named and helped found the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in 1956 and who in 1982 led a 7,000-mile pilgrimage from Bangor Naval Base in Bremerton, Wash., to Bethlehem to call attention to the threat of nuclear weapons.
Morris died Sept. 30 at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Anaconda, Mont., Morris would have been 85 on Oct. 22.
Rosemary Goldie was the first woman to hold a senior management position in the Roman Curia with her 1966 appointment as undersecretary of the Council for the Laity.
An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican.
The Vatican decided in favor of Fr. William Rowe on one of three counts, saying Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill., had not followed the proper procedure.
Texas cheerleaders can continue to use banners with Bible verses after a court granted them a temporary restraining order against their school district.
A judge in Hardin County, Texas, issued the order on Thursday after parents filed suit on behalf of the cheerleaders. It orders the Kountze Independent School District to "cease and desist" from preventing high school cheerleaders from displaying the large paper banners, through which football players ran at the start of games.
A hearing on the case has been set for Oct. 4.
A lawyer from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the district saying the cheerleaders' tradition was "inappropriate and unconstitutional."
Superintendent Kevin Weldon had stopped the use of the banners after consulting with a legal adviser at the Texas Association of School Boards.
Liberty Institute, which is representing cheerleaders and parents in the case, hailed the judge's decision.
WASHINGTON -- John Carr -- arguably the most important spokesman for Catholic social teaching in the U.S. today -- retired Aug. 31 as director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.
Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district's orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games.
In August, a school with fewer than 500 students 30 miles north of Beaumont, Texas, began painting Bible verses on large paper signs football players burst through at the beginning of games.
BOSTON -- At a two-day conference in Boston, Voice of the Faithful celebrated 10 years of battling sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy and working to change the church structures that permitted and at times facilitated it. But the 450 conference participants spent most of Friday and Saturday exploring how to continue and expand that struggle over the next decade and beyond.