The number of Americans living in poverty last year stayed stuck at 46.5 million people, as did the national poverty rate of 15 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Brom of San Diego, and he will be succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Cirilo Flores.
Brom, who has headed the San Diego diocese since 1990, is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations. Flores, 65, was named coadjutor in January 2012, and as coadjutor automatically succeeds Brom.
The changes were announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
A leadership group of bishops unanimously decided to continue fighting an Obama administration mandate regarding coverage of contraceptive services in health care plans, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Tuesday.
"It is not my work only. It is the Lord's," Sr. Angelique Namaika told reporters after winning the Nansen Refugee Award.
"Somehow we must restore the notion of respect for life into the fabric of the nation," said Archbishop Timothy Broglio in a statement.
The shooting at Washington's Navy Yard Monday indicates a need for Americans to "restore the notion of respect for life," the U.S. bishop charged with overseeing the nation's Catholic military chaplains has said.
Issuing a statement as investigations into the shooting continued Monday afternoon, Archbishop Timothy Broglio said he had prayed for the victims of the attack at Mass and was "shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible loss of life."
The Common Core State Standards -- expectations for students to master in each grade level -- have a love/hate/ambivalent relationship with the American public.
The event is part of an "overall effort to build relationships between bishops and theologians," said Mercy Sr. Mary Ann Walsh of the bishops' conference.
The nation's Catholic bishops continue to have serious concerns about an Obama administration mandate regarding coverage of contraceptive services in health care plans, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.
The diocese has been paying for multiple clergy sexual abuse lawsuit payments and is running out of funds for future settlements.