Trio's pilgrimage marks St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's arrival in 1818

St. Charles, Missouri -- Three friends walked 335 miles in 25 days tracing the journey of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, who came to America in 1818 to open schools with the Society of the Sacred Heart.

In Missouri, critics call report on Planned Parenthood 'incomplete'

Several critics have called the Missouri attorney general's new report on Planned Parenthood in St. Louis incomplete, saying it raises questions about how state law holds the abortion provider accountable for its handling of human remains from abortions.

Attorney General Chris Koster said the organization is complying with Missouri law in how it disposes of human tissue from abortions.

Bishops hear report on church's ongoing efforts to defend marriage

As the institution of marriage faces unprecedented challenges, the Catholic church continues to promote and defend marriage as being between one man and one woman, said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

As chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Cordileone gave bishops at their spring general assembly in St. Louis an update on the U.S. Supreme Court's impending decision whether same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide as well as related public policy and the church's catechetical efforts.

US bishops' spring assembly opens with rapid start to communications

A few hours before the U.S. bishops' spring general assembly opened Wednesday in St. Louis, the meeting already had begun.

Tweets were trickling out from bishops, media and observers using the hashtag #usccb15. Among their first items to share: a link to the live stream of the proceedings, bishops making their presence known and media types encouraging followers to watch their live coverage.