World Meeting of Popular Movements: Pope Francis hails the nearly 700 participants in his message to the gathering in Modesto. "You must become a Samaritan," he tells them.
Catholic sisters whose charism and ministry is about protecting the environment have been discerning their "what's next" plans in advance of the new presidential administration.
Soul Seeing: The integration of indigenous wisdom, typically associated with a deep love for the natural environment, is hindered by our unexamined religious attitudes.
Distinctly Catholic: Amid a divided church and a divided polity, look to Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin to increasingly drive the hierarchy's message in the public square.
The Field Hospital: Wisconsin parishes visit Belize; San Francisco Catholics march for immigrants, peace; grant to fund young adult outreach; gay grandson can't sing at funeral.
The Field Hospital: Fellow Tyler Wagner brings his passion for the environment to the program's inaugural year at St. Ignatius Church in Portland, Ore.
Distinctly Catholic: At a time when the country desperately needs a strong moral voice, the USCCB is fretting about things that don't matter and tepidly addressing the things that do.
"Food is a pro-life issue because food is about keeping people alive," says Ohio-based Sr. Christine Pratt, longtime leader in the Catholic Rural Life movement.
Election 2016: A Pew survey found one in 10 Catholics have heard clergy voice support or opposition for a particular candidate.
The mines no longer operate.
The large trucks that carried heavy equipment no longer rumble down dirt roads fogging the air with dust.
The workers no longer trudge along those same roads inhaling the dust weighted by the humidity of dawn.
Community opposition succeeded in shutting down mines in Nueva Esperanza in northern Honduras and El Tránsito far to the south near the border of Nicaragua. But to many people in these two small towns the closings serve only as a pyrrhic victory.