Sainthood: Fr. Augustus Tolton, a former slave, is the first recognized American diocesan priest of African descent. In 2011, the Chicago archdiocese officially opened his cause for sainthood.
"We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality."
NCR Today: Philadelphia archdiocese looks for financial stability; seeing confession in a new light; senator denied Communion; priest baptizes gay couple's baby
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed three bishops: Msgr. Olivier Leborgne as bishop of Amiens, France; Msgr. Carl Kemme as bishop of Wichita, Kan.; and Msgr. Peter Baldacchino as auxiliary bishop of Miami.
The appointment of Kemme, who had been serving as the vicar general of the Springfield, Ill., archdiocese, was first announced Thursday by Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki.
Five minutes before the Vatican press office released the official notice of the new bishop's appointment, Paprocki tweeted:
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops voted Tuesday to continue a set of English translations of liturgical texts, approving new rites for the Catholic celebrations of marriage and confirmation.