U.S. bishops' Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities releases report: The Catholic Church has a "tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace," said a report by a U.S. bishops' task force released Jan. 5 in the wake of last year's incidents of violence and racial tensions.
The 115th Congress convenes: The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center.
2017 National Migration Week: Taking place Jan. 8-14, the week "is an excellent opportunity to highlight biblical tradition and our mission to welcome the newcomer," said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration. "While the observance is only a week long, it is a vital time to show welcome, compassion and solidarity with our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters," he added in a statement.
Special feature: Colman McCarthy has used various forums to push the notion that peace and violence are learned behaviors — and that we should focus on teaching peace.
Postelection messages from Catholic leaders: Bishops across the country are encouraging parishioners to put aside their differences and work for the common good as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepared for his Jan. 20 inauguration.
Obama administration ends the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS): In late December, weeks before his administration comes to a close, Obama announced that the program was ending under his watch. Catholic organizations and other faith groups say they are happy with the Obama administration's last-minute decision to end a type of national Muslim registry.
Stronger collaboration among leading Catholic organizations is ahead as they address long-standing human needs and strive to ensure that the work of the church prospers.
2016: During the election year talk, health care as a whole was not a top issue as it competed against the economy, terrorism, foreign policy, gun control and immigration.
2016: No one imagined then that frustrations about race and racism in the United States, which began with the police shootings, were about to get worse in the later part of 2016.
With a president-elect who made campaign promises to form "deportation forces" and remove 11 million immigrants, many are facing 2017 with trepidation.