'The life we've been living': Historic Black Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, looks to the future

Built a few years before the start of the Civil War, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to a vibrant, predominantly Black community whose parishioners come from miles around.

Jesuit justice warrior reflects on mission with Latino communities

Jesuit Fr. Jack Podsiadlo is retiring after decades of groundbreaking work in Latino ministry, first at New York's Nativity Mission Center and, more recently, at the Latino Leadership Institute in Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia parish institute reaches for the stars on Catholic lecture circuit

By offering generous stipends and welcoming diocesan officials to vet their speakers, a parish in the "mission territory" Diocese of Richmond is bringing some big headliners to their adult faith formation program.

Church historian says sex abuse poses biggest threat to church in 500 years

Though the crisis has gone global, scholar Massimo Faggioli says that one strain of it is peculiar to the United States, where it is inseparable from such hot-button issues as sexuality, homosexuality and gender.