A fox red Labrador retriever named Festus has given Marine Staff Sgt. Nick Bennett something he hasn't had since a rocket attack in Anbar Province in Iraq in 2004.
With a pope who is trying "to light a fire in the heart of the world," the bishop of Innsbruck, Austria, seems to be throwing cold water on the entire project.
Editor's note: This essay by Kerry Cronin is reprinted with permission from "Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life," the Spring 2014 issue of C21 Resources, published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College. The 38-page glossy, magazine-style publication contains 17 essays by various authors examining such topics as "intimacy in the age of Facebook," sexual relationships inside and outside marriage, intimacy in celibacy, theology of the body, intimacy between generations and intimacy with God.
Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample confirmed one of Oregon's most infamous prisoners Wednesday in a heavily guarded private ceremony in the maximum security prison in Salem.
In 2007, Gary Haugen was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering a fellow inmate while serving a life sentence for the murder of his former girlfriend's mother. In November 2011, Haugen gained notoriety for dropping his appeals and asking to be executed.
In June 2013, Toua Vang became the first Hmong man in the world to be ordained an Episcopal priest, and is now pastor of the only Hmong-majority Episcopal church anywhere.
His roots are in Catholicism, but the Episcopal church offered an option for non-celibate priesthood. "I come from the Hmong culture, and men are expected to have a family," he said.
Pope Francis' support for breastfeeding encouraged moms and advocates worldwide while also highlighting the reality that churches are not always welcoming and accepting of the practice.
"I don't want to see names. I know who did it -- who got killed," one veteran said. " ... They're not forgotten."
Lashawn Meadows and her family will have a new home in November thanks to a Habitat for Humanity house built in honor of the pope.
NCR Today: The head of the reform international movement We Are Church in Austria has been excommunicated for having "private Eucharistic celebrations."
People today want others to think that they go to church … even if they don’t. A new poll finds that people exaggerate their attendance at houses of worship.