Parish roundup: New bishop of Salt Lake City; Saving struggling Boston parishes

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Bishop Oscar Solis greets people March 7 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City following his installation Mass as Salt Lake City's new bishop. (CNS/The Tidings/J.D. Long-Garcia)

The first Filipino-born bishop to lead a diocese in the U.S. makes an interfaith impact in the Salt Lake City diocese. Bishop Oscar Solis has visited nearly all of the diocese's 50 parishes, forged good relations with Mormons, but Utah's mountain skiing remains a leap too far.

Buffalo, New York, Catholic parishes work to heal racial divides.

The Knoxville, Tennessee, diocese opens its new $30.8 million cathedral. The diocese claims 70,000 Catholics.

Parish collaboratives work in the Boston archdiocese, as pastors and basic services are shared to save struggling parishes.

Where is Father Sharkey? The body of a long-deceased pastor, supposedly buried beneath a closing Philadelphia church, is nowhere to be found.


Prelates and others gather for the dedication Mass for the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus March 3 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (CNS/Stephanie Richer, courtesy Diocese of Knoxville)

A Cincinnati lawyer defends white supremacists, who he says share his views on Jews and immigrants. He describes himself as a traditionalist Catholic who rejects Vatican II teaching on anti-Semitism. Something is rotten here.

Bankruptcy puts a drag on Catholic life in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.

Locked doors during Mass are part of security measures taken in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, diocese.

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