Some of the studies and surveys of 2014 show the quirky ways we live out our faith and values.
During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.
A Pew Research Center study released Dec. 11 showed that the pope has broad support across much of the world. Sixty percent of the 43 nations polled had a positive view of the pontiff.
And Americans, in particular, have shown their fondness for Francis, often extolling his simplistic style. According to the Pew study, 78 percent of Americans view the pope favorably.
We say: Francis is making moves -- a change in culture, personnel to support the reform and new structures, policies and procedures to make it work.
A Catholic priest was kidnapped and found murdered on Christmas in southern Mexico.
As far as we can tell, nothing in Scripture was written exclusively for cloistered religious. We assume our sacred authors had ordinary married people and their children in mind when they composed our biblical writings. The spirituality and theology expressed in them were meant to be lived in a real world populated by real people: husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, men and women who related to one another on a normal, human level. We especially must keep this in mind when we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.
An unexpected gift from overseas weighing several hundred pounds arrived a week before Christmas for a Maryland family.
Minutes into a Dec. 18 impromptu Christmas party in the St. Joan of Arc parish hall in Aberdeen, the father of St. Joan of Arc School third-grader Mia Benitez and Maddox, a kindergartner, came striding out of the kitchen.
The professor said he will take legal measures if necessary to overturn his ban after he criticized a teaching assistant for not allowing students to discuss the ethics of gay marriage.
Column: I have learned the hard way not to put my faith in church leaders. They are not the most important people in the church to me.
Book review: Inside the Jesuits isn't about how the church has changed; it is about how the church might change with a Jesuit at the helm.
"I believe strongly in my heart in the power of God and the power of creation ... They are much stronger that the powers of death."