The dean of the Washington National Cathedral said it is "a great honor" to lead the cathedral's march toward greater equality.
U.S. Catholic college presidents and local bishops have experienced greater collaboration in the last decade, according to a review of a 2001 Vatican document.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, N.M., and named as his successor Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Antonio.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the changes Thursday in Washington.
The Diocese of Las Cruces was established in 1982 and Ramirez, now 76, was named its first bishop. Canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations when they turn 75.
Cantu, 46, has been an auxiliary bishop in San Antonio since 2008.
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court order allowing government funding of research involving certain embryonic stem-cell lines.
The persecution of Christians "vastly rose" in 2012 as radical Islamists consolidated power in Africa, according to Open Doors, a Christian missionary organization that publishes an annual list of offending nations.
Increasing threats to African Christians can be seen in focused attacks, such as the killings of Christians in Nigerian churches by the radical Muslim group Boko Haram, but also in the greater prevalence of radical Muslims in government, according to the California-based Open Doors.
Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortions, the pro-life movement hasn't stepped back in its resolve to see the decision reversed.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Galante of Camden, N.J., and has named Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Sullivan of New York to succeed him.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S., announced the changes Tuesday in Washington.
Galante, 74, has headed the Camden Diocese since 2004. He previously served as auxiliary bishop of San Antonio, bishop of Beaumont, Texas, and coadjutor bishop of Dallas.
Sullivan, 67, was named auxiliary bishop of New York in 2004. He was ordained to the priesthood in the archdiocese in 1971.
At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a dream in the nation's capital, a diverse coalition of religious leaders is asking Americans to pray for civility.
As Notre Dame prepares to play Alabama on Monday in college football's Bowl Championship Series title game, it seems like the clash of the titans.
The legislation includes lower income tax rates for 98 percent of Americans but no agreement on how to deal with tax breaks.