Pope Francis held a "virtual town hall" with Catholics in Chicago, Los Angeles and McAllen, Texas, in advance of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States.
Ever since Pope Francis' visit to Cuba was announced, Cuban church officials have billed him as the "missionary of mercy."
And it's an important mission, some Cubans say, so that the country and its people -- living in and outside of Cuba -- can move forward. The pope's message of mercy is exactly what Cuba needs, some say.
"Cuba needs mercy because Cubans have been divided even inside Cuba, and Cubans have been divided even outside Cuba," said Eduardo Azcarate, born in Havana but who now lives in Falls Church, Va.
The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba turns 55 in October, and its effects are clear in the dilapidated buildings, scant food supply of Cuban stores and infrastructure around the island.
But what's not easy to see is the spiritual cost. Trinitarian Fr. Juan Molina, director of the U.S. bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America, said that spiritual cost has been great.
X may mark the spot at the National Geographic Museum's exhibit "Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology," which features 100 carefully crafted film props alongside real archaeological finds.
Catholic advocates say that agreement across a broad spectrum of Catholic groups in support of the Iran nuclear deal demonstrates a "seamless garment" approach to difficult public policy issues.
A federal appeals court ruled that there is no religious rights conflict with a process for nonprofit religious organizations to get around a mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.
Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle reported on conditions for displaced members of Myanmar's Kachin ethnic minority in a Catholic-run camp near the Myanmar-China border.
Montgomery, Alabama-based St. Jude Parish became the first stopover in the NAACP's "Journey for Justice" march, which started Aug. 1 in Selma, Alabama.
Getting the food service at St. Xavier University to change from plastic to biodegradable cups doesn't seem like it's a big deal.
But for Guadalupe Avila, a senior at the Sisters of Mercy-sponsored school in Chicago, it showed that she and her fellow members of Students for Social Justice can make a difference when it comes to the earth's environmental future.
Now she's ready to tackle Congress.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley urged senators to take federal money that goes to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and instead fund women's health care providers that do not promote abortion.