Several religious and laypeople met to discuss whether or not women could be admitted to the diaconate April 8 in California.
Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne has announced plans to convene the first diocesan synod since
A priest is being asked to take a break from his parish after some in his congregation stormed out of Mass when he openly criticized Pope Francis on Palm Sunday.
Mumbai, India -- Rejecting religion in India can come in a variety of forms: rejecting God outright, or fighting particular practices and rituals of organized religion.
Santa Muerte, the skeleton folk saint, is appealing to transgender sex workers, who face the persistent threat of violent clients and transphobic hatred in Mexico. Employment discrimination forces many transgender women to turn to sex work for money.
Pope Francis returned to a practice he developed during the Year of Mercy: making a Friday-afternoon visit to people in need of or deserving special care.
For the visit March 31, he chose the Sant' Alessio-Margherita di Savoia Regional Center for the Blind in Rome. The center is home to 37 adults and senior citizens who are blind or severely visually impaired, but the structure also offers specialized classes for 50 children with the same challenges.
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States, gets plenty of questions about Pope Francis.
A March 27 discussion at Georgetown University, sponsored by the university's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, was no exception. The nuncio, who sat onstage with John Carr, the initiative's director, was asked about the pope's key issues and his impact in the four years since his election.
"I must say, in all sincerity, that there is no date. And we understand it well because it involves a process," said Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas.
Witches don't really exist, so they can do no harm, Pope Francis told a young girl, but gossip, sin and evil exist and they hurt people every day.
"What frightens me?" the pope asked, repeating the question posed by Sara, one of the children at the Rome parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa. "I'm frightened when a person is bad; the wickedness of people" is scary.
"Everybody talks about putting their faith into practice, that religion is not just supposed to be the things that you believe or the things that you do," Aslan said.