Faith and Justice: A martyr is someone killed because of hatred of the faith. The problem with this approach is a martyr depends on the motivation of the killer, not the victim.
Archbishop Oscar Romero, now acknowledged by the church as a martyr, has always been so for those who knew him.
Book review: For a generation, Antonin Scalia has served on the U.S. Supreme Court as a singularly polarizing figure.
Doctors have exhausted all options in Cardinal Francis George's cancer treatment and have moved on to palliative care.
The cardinal shared that information with news media during a Jan. 30 news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, following a luncheon where he received the Knights of Columbus' highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes Award.
"They've run out of tricks in the bag, if you like," said George, 78, Chicago's retired archbishop.
Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang of Yixian, 94, a member of the so-called underground Catholic church who has not been seen since his arrest in 2001, has died, a relative said.
Born in Hebei province, Shi was arrested April 13, 2001, Good Friday, at his niece's home in Beijing. He was held without charge in a secret location.
"We were informed by Baoding city government officials on Friday morning, but they did not say when he died exactly or the cause of his death," Shi Chunyan, the bishop's great-niece, told the Asian Catholic news portal ucanews.com on Saturday.
Pope Francis faces criticism from those who say Serra -- called "the Columbus of California" -- abused Native Americans and pressured them to convert.
If you think somebody's famous because they've written scads of books on spirituality, traveled the world speaking about God's love, and have 150,000 people on a daily email list for meditations, then brace yourself for when that person sits down for a televised face-to-face interview with Oprah Winfrey.
After spending a sabbatical year spearheading his own research into the unknown lives of Catholic deacons, Joseph Ferrari learned that permanent deacons, no matter their age or location, have similar leadership styles.
Book reviews: That Thomas Merton would catch the attention of an Anglican priest and a Benedictine nun is tribute to his genius and his difficulties.
Spirituality: Had he not died in 1968, what would America's most famous monk, mystic and hermit, Thomas Merton, done? We shall never know.