An emerging Catholic dialogue with Muslims aims to show public support for Islamic American communities, building on three already existing regional Catholic-Muslim dialogues.
Over his two terms, the president addressed his personal faith in prayer breakfasts and holiday statements and cited people of faith — and of no faith — on other occasions.
President Barack Obama has had successes and failures in calming the nation's culture wars.
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.