| Sep 20, 2014
| 5:06 AM
The Vatican on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., to succeed Cardinal Francis George as the leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In an announcement by the Vatican at about 5 a.m. Chicago time, the Roman Catholic Church said it...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 1:30 PM
George led flock through tough times
The appointment of Cardinal Francis George's successor Saturday represents the start of an unprecedented transition in the city's Roman Catholic Church, where no other leader has lived long enough to meet the man...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 7:32 PM
The Vatican on Saturday is expected to name a successor to the ailing Cardinal Francis George, choosing a relative moderate from Washington state who has been outspoken on society’s need to care more for the poor but also had a leading role in the...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Allentown Bishop John Barres will visit Israel with a delegation of other Catholic prelates who will visit and pray at holy sites in Jerusalem and other cities.
The pilgrimage, which begins Wednesday and goes to Sept. 19, is sponsored by the United...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 12:05 PM
WASHINGTON The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive monthslong search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border alone continues to drop.
At the same time, three...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 3:56 PM
President Barack Obama reversed course on Saturday and delayed taking executive action on immigration reform until after November congressional elections, bowing to concerns it could cost his fellow Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.
| Aug 22, 2014
| 8:09 PM
The Obama administration issued a new rule Friday aimed at winding down its years-long fight with religious groups over the requirement in its landmark healthcare law that companies provide insurance that covers contraceptives.
The new rule will allow...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he’s considering plans to visit the United States, and may make the trip a multi-city tour of North America that could include a stop in Mexico.
In a news conference aboard the papal plane as he was returning...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 5:05 AM
"Never war! Never war!"
Those were the words of Pope Francis very recently, marking the centennial of the outbreak of the cataclysmic First World War. "I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future, are dashed."
| Aug 11, 2014
| 6:47 PM
Last month, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Equally notable is what the president didn't do: He refused to exempt religious organizations....
| Jul 12, 2014
| 5:34 PM
The record flood of Central American children crossing the U.S. border is stretching funds and setting off improvisation at public schools.
While politicians spend the summer fighting over how to turn back the tide, school leaders across the country are...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 1:18 PM
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has responded to an open letter from dozens of public officials, community and faith leaders who had asked him not to attend the March for Marriage this week, saying the event is "not 'anti-LGBT' ... it...