A key mission of Catholics should be to reduce anger among people, says a retired Indian archbishop noted for his peacemaking efforts.
Most U.S. Catholics are not looking for spirituality online; in fact, half of them are unaware the church even has an online presence, according to researchers at Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
The most widely used communication tool in Catholic church is the parish bulletin, followed by a diocesan newspaper or magazine -- in print form -- which one in four adult Catholics has read in the last three months, CARA reports.
At least eight members of Congress were among 200 people arrested in an act of civil disobedience Tuesday at the conclusion of a rally and march in support of comprehensive immigration reform at the National Mall.
Among the arrested members of Congress, all Democrats, was John Lewis of Georgia, who has been willingly subjecting himself to arrest in pursuit of civil rights since the 1960s, when he was at the side of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
After two blockbuster terms in which it saved President Barack Obama's health care law and advanced the cause of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court appears poised to tack to the right in its upcoming term on a range of social issues, from abortion and contraception to race and prayer.
Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world last month when he gave a wide-ranging interview in which he declared that the church had become "obsessed" with a few moral issues and needed to find a "new balance."
Now a new poll indicates that American Catholics think he's right, and by a wide margin.
The survey, released Friday by Quinnipiac University shows that two in three (68 percent) adult Catholics questioned said they agreed with the pontiff's observation that the church has become too focused on issues such as homosexuality, abortion and contraception.
While the event was light on specifics, there was no shortage of Francis factors keeping the conversation lively among the panel of Catholic insiders.
Anticipating the worst, religious leaders gathered the day before the federal government shut down to denounce what they called "political brinkmanship."
Foes of media consolidation, which include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, seem to have a friend now in the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC on Thursday took the first step in a process that could limit the number of TV stations one company can own, by treating TV stations equally.
The current ownership limit is not a number, but a percentage. One ownership group can own stations covering 39 percent of the U.S. population, but no more.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kinney of St. Cloud, Minn., and named Bishop Donald Kettler of Fairbanks, Alaska, to succeed him.
Kinney, who has headed the St. Cloud diocese since 1995, is 76. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation at age 75. Kettler, 69, has been the bishop of Fairbanks since 2002.
The changes were announced Friday in Washington by in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
A bill introduced in the U.S. House to keep the federal government from discriminating against churches, religious groups and businesses that uphold marriage as being between one man and one woman is "of fundamental importance," two U.S. Catholic bishops said Friday.
A day earlier, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, introduced the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, known as H.R. 3133.