The Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, and churches and church organizations across the United States have special observances and services planned throughout the year.
The Field Hospital: Oakland-based St. Columba Parish and the organization 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence held a gala of solidarity and remembrance of loved ones lost to gun violence.
Vatican City -- The Catholic Church “neither conducts nor supports” any institutional missionary initiative directed toward Jews, says a Vatican commission.
The Field Hospital: Seattle parish offers overnight hospitality, shelter to homeless; Little Rock grief support ministry conducts special holiday outreach; Ark. Catholic Charities resettles Iraqi family.
Simply Spirit: Nadiah Mohajir and Ayesha Akhtar co-founded Heart Women and Girls to provide health education to Muslim women and girls in the Chicagoland area and cities across the country.
The Field Hospital: San Bernardino parishes offer inclusive prayers after the horror; two more Philly churches will close; alternative Catholic church vandalized.
The Field Hospital: In the small Catholic world of the bucolic North Carolina mountains, this Advent is dawning with discord between parishioners in Waynesville, N.C., and their pastor.
The Field Hospital: As sexual abuse settlement and bankruptcy proceedings fade into history, the Helena, Mont., diocese continues healing and outreach for victim survivors, most recently through seven prayer services.
Mimi Soileau goes nearly weekly to see what vegetables are ripe to be plucked from garden beds beside her parish church, St. Pius X.
Time spent with her hands in the dirt is nothing new for this 85-year-old master gardener. She's currently harvesting hearty kale, eggplant and broccoli from the raised beds, a new initiative of the parish garden ministry.
These vegetables go to the parish's Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference, which has given the fresh produce to families in need since the growing season began.
The Field Hospital: Manhattan Catholics challenge N.Y. archdiocese to open shuttered churches for the homeless; Pittsburgh parishioners help the needy; Bishop's advice for merging schools and parishes