Analysis: The pontiff passed over prelates favored by culture warriors of the right and chose more pastoral bishops. That's a big change.
Law enforcement officials in Wichita Monday announced that a body found some days earlier in the Arkansas River near one of the city's park was the body of Brian Bergkamp, a seminarian from the Wichita, Kan., diocese.
The Wichita Eagle Daily newspaper reported that a fisherman had spotted a piece of life vest floating in the water with a rosary attached to it. That discovery led to finding the body of the missing seminarian. The coroner on Saturday confirmed it was Bergkamp and his family was given the news first.
The act would provide legal protection to all health care providers who choose not to provide abortions as part of their health care practice.
Seminarian Brian Bergkamp, 24, is believed dead after saving the life of a woman who fell into the Arkansas River July 9.
Unanswered questions remain about the legal implications of June's Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, but analysts agree religious institutions face big challenges in the months and years to come.
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Religious freedom is "the human right that guarantees all other rights," Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said Saturday in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops' fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.
That right "has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person," he said at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. "Peace and creative living together will only be possible if freedom of religion is fully respected."
Archbishop William Lori reminded those gathered for Mass Sunday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that when it comes to religious freedom, American Catholics and Christians worldwide are in the same "boat."
In the day's Gospel reading, from Chapter 4 of St. Mark's Gospel, Jesus calmed the storm threatening the boat carrying him and the apostles on the Sea of Galilee. That boat symbolizes the church through history, Lori said in his homily.