Fr. Tom Reese's essay looks at rural and blue-collar voters and the big-city billionaire they put into office. Will they now expect him to keep his promises?
Retired Archbishop Patrick Flores, 87, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Jan. 9 at Padua Place Residence for retired priests in San Antonio.
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.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group charged with developing spiritual, pastoral and policy advocacy support for immigrants and refugees.
Simply Spirit: Aside from the usual suspects -- laity and nuns -- bishops are exercising prophetic leadership in opposing the massive deportation of refugees.
Choice for president will send a message about whether the episcopate "is sticking to its old playbook or is deciding for dramatic change," says one observer.
Analysis: The pontiff passed over prelates favored by culture warriors of the right and chose more pastoral bishops. That's a big change.
The Field Hospital: Catholic Leadership Institute runs training programs for clergy and parish staff, developing business-oriented leadership skills reshaped for parish life.
Catholic parishes in the most immigrant-rich part of California are heeding Pope Francis' call to treat migrants with "charity and cooperation."
Distinctly Catholic: Let's look at what 2016 might hold for the Catholic church -- shakeups in the Curia, a consistory and an apostolic exhortation.