Pope Francis' discussion of power and authority in his talk to U.S. bishops “struck home to me,” says Bishop Robert McElroy.
As a narrative lens for his speech, Francis cited the Golden Rule -- Jesus' teaching in Matthew's Gospel to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
California Indians argue that the 18th-century Franciscan, to be made a saint during the pope's U.S. trip, helped destroy their culture and decimate their people.
The 17-by-51-foot art deco mosaic mural, which stretches along a wall in the lobby of AFL-CIO headquarters, conveys that labor is triumphant -- except labor no longer is.
Standing beside a statue called "Homeless Jesus," Msgr. John Enzler pledged to spend a night with the city's homeless before Pope Francis' visit in September.
Enzler, who is president of Catholic Charities, made the vow as part of Wednesday's launch of the "Walk with Francis Pledge," a campaign by the Washington archdiocese and Catholic Charities to get 100,000 people to take on a good deed in preparation for the pope's visit.
Cardinal William Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died Thursday at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years -- the longest such tenure in U.S. church history.
Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the election of the first Latin American pope, and he made history himself.
The women have stood in silent protest each week for more than 20 years, appealing for an end to the church's discrimination against women and complicity in war.
Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24 will be broadcast live to members of the public on the West Front of the Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday.
"The visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol is a historic moment for the country," he said in a statement, adding that "the unprecedented nature of his visit" prompted the decision to broadcast his address.
Religious freedom is "the human right that guarantees all other rights," Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said Saturday in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops' fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.
That right "has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person," he said at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. "Peace and creative living together will only be possible if freedom of religion is fully respected."
Noting the pope's "immense popularity," Cardindal Donald Wuerl called the Washington visit "an exciting time for this archdiocese, the church in the United States and this city."