After more than four years of negotiations, the Catholic cemeteries of the Oakland diocese have reached a 10-year agreement with Local 265 of the Service Employees International Union representing their 23 groundskeepers. The agreement includes a no-layoff provision, a buyout of the union-managed pension, and health care with no lifetime cap. It was ratified by a 22-1 vote.
Faith & Parish
Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis to head the diocese of Burlington, Vt.
Coyne, 56, succeeds Bishop Salvatore Matano, who was installed in January 2013 as the ninth bishop of Rochester, N.Y.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment Monday in Washington.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan joined in mourning the "execution of two young, promising and devoted police officers" fatally shot Saturday.
Christians don't seem to mind that so many beloved Christmas songs were written by Jews, and Jews tend to reel off the list with pride.
One of the claimants in the bankruptcy described the proposed settlement as "a Christmas gift for lawyers" and said it likely would not be approved by the committee of creditors.
The Rev. Delman Coates approached his pulpit Dec. 14 with a straightforward sermon: "Black Lives Matter."
The Facebook page of his Mount Ennon Baptist Church featured photos of a congregation of thousands, dressed in black, with their hands held up. And the Clinton, Md., church announced plans for a "March on Annapolis" on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to push state lawmakers on police brutality, foreclosure and African-American businesses and colleges.
Opponents and supporters of the pending sale of six Catholic hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services escalated their actions and their rhetoric this week as the February deadline nears.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused Fr. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms and said he has informed Rome that he was unable to restructure Priests for Life.
The Napa Institute is a remarkable mix of religious retreat, networking opportunity, strategy session, wine-tasting vacation and glimpse at the U.S. traditionalist Catholic superstructure.
When all the graced visionaries have prophesied, when the healers have soothed every pain, when all the fettered are set free, when the naked and the shamed are clothed with justice and dignity (Isaiah), one will come among us -- one in whom hope and healing, freedom and salvation will find their most eloquent expression (John). He is the one for whom we wait with joy (1 Thessalonians). On this, the third Sunday of Advent, Isaiah, Paul and the two Johns (the evangelist and the Baptizer) call the assembly to cultivate that joy and allow it to sustain us. Ours is good news.