Pope Francis' coming encyclical on the environment will represent "a significant moment in the life of the church."
Bishops should require that all allegations of clergy sexual abuse be reviewed by diocesan review boards and make mandatory parish audits, Francesco Cesareo said.
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.
The U.S. community organizers and union leaders hope to sway Pope Francis into addressing a number of lingering national social justice issues.
In 2013, more than 154,000 Catholics married in the church. For many, the decision is simple, the process smooth. But not all couples share that experience.
Updated: The Ramsey County attorney brought six charges related to three victims of sexual abuse linked to former priest Curtis Wehmeyer.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's supporters, however, agreed with him that transgender identity is a disorder.
Many Americans today don't think they have a place for church in their lives.
"But they believe the church has a place for them, when or if they are interested," said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, which issued a new survey Wednesday on perceptions of religious denominations.
The findings show that as many as 45 percent of Americans will look at the church brand on the sign out front -- Catholic or Baptist or Methodist or whatever -- and drive past, thinking it is "not for me."
The Oakland, Calif., diocese has been growing grapes for wine on 16 acres of empty land at three of its cemeteries for several years.
Simply Spirit: It is a confusing, bittersweet time for my city of Cleveland.