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Q&A: From Ferguson to Baltimore, black America's faith is tested

In the past week, the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, a black Episcopal priest and religion professor at Baltimore's Goucher College, joined students as they watched, analyzed and agonized about their city erupting in protest after the death of yet another black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody.

On Friday, the Baltimore state's attorney criminally charged six officers involved in Gray's death and declared his arrest was illegal.

Interested in helping at World Meeting of Families? Volunteer

For the past year, the question most often heard by Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, was, "How can I help?"

Now there is an answer and a way anyone can lend a hand to the four-day conference and events surrounding the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September.

Registration for volunteers is now open at the World Meeting of Families 2015 website.

The meeting runs Sept. 22-25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Priest's conviction reinstated by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Free from prison and living under house arrest since a December 2013 court ruling, Msgr. William Lynn's freedom appeared to be in jeopardy again.

The case of the former secretary for clergy of the Philadelphia archdiocese, the highest-ranking church official in the archdiocese convicted of a crime connected to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, took a dramatic turn Monday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling that had released him on bail.

Charlotte Catholic church will not host talk by Sr. Jeannine Gramick

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Sr. Jeannine Gramick, censured for her opposition to Catholic church teaching on homosexuality and marriage, will not be allowed to speak at a Catholic church in Charlotte.

The Sister of Loretto was to have been the keynote speaker at a public program titled "Including LGBT People and Their Families in Faith Communities: A Conference Open to All," scheduled for May 16 at St. Peter Church.

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