A Catholic Theological Union fundraiser highlights the way the Second Vatican Council continues to mold lives and set church directions fifty years after the fact.
Blessed Junipero Serra is being canonized because he was holy, not because he was perfect, said a team of experts on the life and ministry of the 18th-century Spanish missionary.
Although he is a historian, not a theologian, Robert Senkewicz said: "My sense is that people are not canonized because they are perfect -- otherwise, presumably, St. Peter would never have been canonized. They are canonized because they made a commitment which, on balance, had more good than non-good associated with it."
Q&A: "The pope is making a real impression on all of our hearts, , including mine. ... He walks the talk."
Global Sisters Report: Somewhere in the decision made by the teenage Thea Bowman lay a paradox worthy of a biblical epic.
Q and A: "Life was good for everybody before the war. But now, everything has been destroyed, stolen."
Appreciation: Sr. Mary Ann Walsh was a quiet nun with a keen wit who led a very public life as a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the USCCB.
Book review: The affecting new memoir Just Mercy is rooted in understanding that "being broken is what makes us human."
Bishop Thomas J. Connolly, longtime spiritual leader of diocese of Baker, Ore., died Friday at age 92. He had lived at Maryville Nursing Home since 2011.
Over the years, Connolly took to horseback to help ranchers bring cattle to winter pasture. He drove between 30,000 and 35,000 miles per year in his spread-out diocese in eastern Oregon.
"Give it all you've got," the bishop said of priesthood in 2007. "By its essential nature, priesthood is a marvelous vocation. God is good and so are the people."
At the meeting, 38 delegates from 10 countries said they seek to establish an international "network of networks" to develop strategies on church reform.
Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., and named Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City to succeed him.
Sheehan, who has headed the Santa Fe archdiocese since 1993, turned 75 last year, the age at which bishops are required under canon law to submit their resignations to the pope.
A San Francisco native, Wester, 64, has headed the Salt Lake City diocese, which encompasses the entire state of Utah, since 2007.
Bishops who are named to head archdioceses immediately assume the title of archbishop.