Catholic institutions and ministries need to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, according to a report presented to U.S. bishops Nov. 15.
USCCB meeting: The bishops were encouraged to "increase our communion with our brothers and sisters" throughout the Middle East.
Baltimore: Except for brief references in a few committee reports, Pope Francis' April teaching document on marriage and family life received very little attention.
Electing a president and vice president from regions with high immigrant populations, the U.S. bishops' conference could be seen to be doubling down on the pledge to stand with immigrants and refugees.
Archbishop Pierre: "We know that youth are critical to the life of the church. ... We must go out to them."
Archbishop Kurtz: "We bishops and all who serve the Lord need also to open our hearts to the joy that others will give to us. Joy and love are not only to be given but also to be received."
USCCB meeting: The U.S. bishops made a clear statement in support of the immigrant community in the United States and about the resettlement of refugees. Updated 5:15 p.m. eastern.
With a heat index over 100 degrees, two busloads of a mostly 50-plus-year-old-crowd of Catholic peace activists attending the conference tried to help tidy up the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.
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.
"Some people will be disappointed because he won't change church teachings. Nonetheless, Francis has left the door ajar," said Curran in a recent speech.