Around the country, Catholic organizations, parishes, clergy and laity are taking action and bolstering efforts to build peace and battle racism, following a summer of violence.
Law enforcement officials in Wichita Monday announced that a body found some days earlier in the Arkansas River near one of the city's park was the body of Brian Bergkamp, a seminarian from the Wichita, Kan., diocese.
The Wichita Eagle Daily newspaper reported that a fisherman had spotted a piece of life vest floating in the water with a rosary attached to it. That discovery led to finding the body of the missing seminarian. The coroner on Saturday confirmed it was Bergkamp and his family was given the news first.
Seminarian Brian Bergkamp, 24, is believed dead after saving the life of a woman who fell into the Arkansas River July 9.
Religious leaders gathered in prayer to mark the one-year anniversary of riots that spread through Baltimore after the death of a man injured while in police custody.
Fueled by campus unrest with its own historical role in slavery, the Jesuit school plans to establish a new research center and department of African American Studies.
The document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" and its introduction eventually passed by wide margins in separate votes during the second day of the USCCB annual fall meeting.
Martha Hennessy, an anti-war activist and granddaughter of Dorothy Day, challenged bishops at the USCCB fall meeting to condemn what she believed was the inevitability of deeper war with Syria.
Highlighting Pope Francis’s instructions to the hierarchy, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, USCCB president, opened the body’s annual fall meeting with a reflection on the upcoming year of mercy.
Prayer provides the strength and patience needed to love neighbors and will help Baltimoreans as they addresses the injustices that led to a night of rioting and looting, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said.
"Given my occupation, I think it's important to start every occasion this way," Lori said in response to a reporter's question Sunday, which was designated by Maryland Gov. Lawrence Hogan Jr. as a day of prayer and peace for Baltimore's healing.
"You know the stuff about the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent? Well, when you get here ... It's particularly vicious."