Fascinating information is emerging from the new Pew Research survey on the religious beliefs and practices of Latinos in the United States.
The church's celebration of Pentecost highlights the "life-changing power of God's presence" believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Although the feast, celebrated June 8, doesn't look as it did in the apostles' time -- with the roar of wind and tongues of fire -- the cardinal said it serves as a reminder of the outpouring of God's spirit long ago and continuously.
"The Holy Spirit comes regularly" and is "active in the church today," he said.
Atheists lost their case against the "In God We Trust" motto on the nation's currency Wednesday.
It's a battle they have lost several times before as court after court has affirmed that printing and engraving the country's motto on its money does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
On May 18, 1789, about two dozen priests then serving in the new United States of America met at a chapel in White Marsh and had an election at which they nominated Fr. John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States.
That fall, Pope Pius VI appointed Carroll as the nation's first Catholic bishop to lead the new Baltimore diocese, which at that time encompassed the Catholic community living in all 13 original states.
In eight months, Bishop Frank Caggiano, 55, has gone to work buttressing existing networks, repairing those long abandoned and constructing new connections.
A lawsuit brought by a Catholic school administrator fired because he entered a same-sex marriage can proceed without violating the school's First Amendment rights, a Seattle court has ruled.
Celebration Publications: For a long time the rules on divorce and remarriage appeared to be inflexible. But could a change be on the horizon?
Initial reviews of responses from around the world on questionnaires about church teaching on the family in advance of this fall's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family show that the teaching is misunderstood, said a cardinal who will run one the synod's sessions.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told Catholic News Service he found the responses "shocking, if I am allowed to use that word."
The Milwaukee branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul wants to borrow $3.2 million for a thrift store critics say is far from those who need it most.
Reflection: On Sunday, my son and his fellow Scouts will receive the Ad Altare Dei award, a symbol of service and the values of Catholicism.