Faith and Justice: The pope has caught the imagination of the world. But most of the bishops' meeting was devoted to mind-numbing housekeeping actions and reports.
Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago.
Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez told an audience Nov. 7 at St. Paul University in Ottawa that "theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history."
As the Ferguson October protests shut down three Wal-Marts -- in support of John Crawford's family, a black teenager recently shot by a police officer in an Ohio Wal-Mart -- among other actions, the church and people of faith need to attend to "the fire next time," to echo the warning of James Baldwin's classic.
Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a 50-minute lecture on the meaning and significance of Pope Francis on Thursday at The Catholic University of America.
"Assisted suicide is an absurdity. Dignity is something different than putting an end to your own life."
Every October, many look forward to Halloween -- the trick-or-treating, the parties and especially the costumes. Every Halloween, however, many also mock religious figures with their costume choices.
As a young California woman gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon's assisted suicide law, Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland issued a statement saying the Oregon law puts forward illusion and confusion.
At the start of 2014, newlywed Brittany Maynard learned she had brain cancer. A few months after she underwent two surgeries, doctors delivered the news that the cancer had returned and that most patients die from such tumors in about a year. She decided against further treatment.
Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, a theologian, physicist, author and a leader of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, died Friday in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., after a long illness. He was 73.
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley is scheduled to celebrate a funeral Mass for the priest Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in New York.
Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who was the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States, thanked God, her family and her medical team for her recovery Friday.
Pham held a news conference in Bethesda after she was declared virus-free and released from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends," she said. "Throughout this ordeal I have put my trust in God and my medical team.
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