Smith dinner's tone lighthearted, but abuse crisis not ignored in remarks

In the current toxic environment where political rivals describe each other as "evil" and "enemies," it is imperative to remember that in America, "our political opponents are not evil, they are just our opponents," according to Ambassador Nikki Haley.

N.Y. Archdiocese names judge as independent reviewer on abuse protocols

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has named a former federal judge to study archdiocesan policies and procedures with respect to sexual abuse by clergy and recommend enhancements directly to the cardinal.

Church helps people in Colombia move from 'vengeance' to reconciliation

In the complex peace process now underway in Colombia after 52 years of violent conflict, the Catholic Church works on many levels to replace a culture of violence with one of encounter.

Update: Panel looks at future of religious groups victimized by militants

A capacity crowd listened to a former captive of the Islamic State, U.N. ambassadors and leaders of aid organizations at a conference organized by the Vatican.