2016: No one imagined then that frustrations about race and racism in the United States, which began with the police shootings, were about to get worse in the later part of 2016.
Statement on racism: "We have failed our black and brown brothers and sisters."
U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on dioceses and communities around the nation to participate in a day of peace and dialogue Friday.
Around the country, Catholic organizations, parishes, clergy and laity are taking action and bolstering efforts to build peace and battle racism, following a summer of violence.
As tensions boiled over following a string of killings of black men, the lingering pain of racism in America has once again been brought to the forefront.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer said they support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act but not implementation in a way that will discriminate against any individual.
At the request of Pope Francis, the Vatican has decreed that the Holy Thursday foot-washing will be open to women and girls.
Distinctly Catholic: Let's look at what 2016 might hold for the Catholic church -- shakeups in the Curia, a consistory and an apostolic exhortation.
Mimi Soileau goes nearly weekly to see what vegetables are ripe to be plucked from garden beds beside her parish church, St. Pius X.
Time spent with her hands in the dirt is nothing new for this 85-year-old master gardener. She's currently harvesting hearty kale, eggplant and broccoli from the raised beds, a new initiative of the parish garden ministry.
These vegetables go to the parish's Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference, which has given the fresh produce to families in need since the growing season began.
Faith and Justice: The upcoming USCCB committee chairs election will present American bishops with clear choices that will indicate the conference's direction for the next few years.