Eco Catholic: "It's a time for the church to be bold, to speak about major issues, and to achieve a new level of relevance in people's lives."
Social justice activists from around the country gathered recently to launch a "Year of Encounter with Pope Francis" to build on the pope's attention to the poor and marginalized.
Collection baskets, fish fries and charity auctions are common ways Catholics financially support their parishes. In Stockton, Calif., they can now add solar power to the list.
On Saturday, the Stockton diocese officially launched a new project aimed at spreading solar energy in the community, while at the same time reducing electricity bills and raising funds for the local church.
Of the almost 200 Catholic dioceses in the United States, just over a third were given the opportunity to respond to the Vatican's questionnaire for the synod on the family.
The Senate has yet to vote on the bill, and leaders in the Republican-controlled House have said they would not consider it until savings were found in the budget.