Sophie Vodvarka is a freelance writer based in Chicago who covers travel, spirituality and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @SophieVodvarka.

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New group discerning the future of a female diaconate

Today is the feast of St. Phoebe, a first-century woman deacon mentioned in St. Paul's letter to the Romans. A new group, Discerning Deacons embraces the prophetic call and ministry of deacons and supports making women deacons a possibility in today's church, too.

Notre Dame students' opposition to campus Chick-fil-A draws nationwide attention, harassment

Three Notre Dame University students organized a petition opposing a new Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus, citing concerns that included the company's history of donating to groups that "harm the LGBTQ community." 

St. Catherine's report sparks calls for accountability from survivors of alleged abuse by David Haas

Some sexual assault survivors and advocates are still working to hold Catholic institutions accountable following an independent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against composer David Haas.

'Ordain women priests' billboard campaign expands to New Orleans

In January, New Orleans began hosting the second of three billboards in the city that read: "Stop Male Supremacy in the Catholic Church! Ordain Women Priests!"