This is not your parents' Lent. That's pretty clear when smartphone alarms ring at mealtimes on Fridays along with text messages from the "meat police"
A poll shows that Pope Francis is immensely popular, but that popularity hasn't brought more people to Mass or the sacraments.
The coalition contends that the mandate's requirement that its members provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs is contrary to the First Amendment.
"His constant outreach to the alienated, his emphasis on mercy and his sheer humanity have served as an inspiration," the USCCB said.
The role of the Catholic church is invaluable in keeping refugees safe, said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, but his agency and others working with migrants need much, much more.
Speaking to a meeting of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration and staff members of church agencies that deal with migrants, Guterres said the church is vital to helping victims of situations such as the volatile upheaval in the Central African Republic.
A handful of U.S. bishops have released some results of public responses to a survey for the Vatican.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz applauded "heroic witness" of Catholic leaders in the region "who stand firm for human rights and democracy."
Marriage needs "to be preserved and strengthened, not redefined," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in support of the State Marriage Defense Act of 2014.
In a joint letter to members of Congress, Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders pleaded for "common sense fixes to our immigration policies" by passing legislation this year.
Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago.