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New Priests Offer Hope

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

A list of those being ordained priests this spring elicits hope and joy. Almost 500 men, from age 25 to 63, constitute the class of 2011 and embody what we need in the priesthood.

The Average Catholic Is Not Who You Think She Is

Michael Leach | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Michael Leach

The average Catholic is young, old, middle-aged and every color of the human rainbow. He or she does not fit into a square or a circle but belongs to a big triangle that holds all shapes and sizes.

State Department: Ambassador Spends Too Much Time On Religion

Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta, who helped rally Catholic support for President Obama's 2008 ...

Catholic Nun Forcibly Removed From Plane For Wearing 'Muslim Garb'

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2011 | Comedy
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Sister Cora-Ann, a Catholic Nun from the Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Dayton, Ohio got the surprise of her life yesterday, when she was asked to leave the plane she had just boarded at the Omaha International Airport.

Sierra Vista Chooses Community Over Catholicism

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Barbara Coombs Lee

An increasingly conservative hierarchy is flexing its muscle and leaving hospitals with a stark choice: buckle under pressure from Catholic authority or break the shackles of Vatican oversight.

In Pakistan, a Fashion--and Women's--Revolution

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Zulekha is a Pakistani fashion designer in Quetta, where 4 million Afghans fled after the 1979 Soviet invasion -- not a place you'd think of for a fashion revolution.

St. Patrick's Day Parades, Black Church Share History Of Being Anti-Gay

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

St. Patrick's Day has rolled around again, and like previous March 17 celebrations nationwide, its LGBTQ communities are not invited.

The 99 Lost Sheep: 20-Somethings And The Catholic Church

Tyler Mahoney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tyler Mahoney

Millennials are expected to apologize for a hierarchy that wants us to be a part of its ancient tradition, but has made no meaningful effort to include us.

Offensive Catholic iPhone App Controversy Continues

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Last week, Truth Wins Out caused an international uproar by criticizing a new Catholic iPhone confession app that asks users, "Have I been guilty of a...

My Come-to-Jesus Moment

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rich Siegel

I have this undeniably strong sense of Jewishness. Which makes it all the more ironic that my wife and I are attempting to send our daughters to Saint Monica's Catholic High School.

The Catholic Celibacy Crisis

Maureen Fiedler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Maureen Fiedler

Priestly celibacy is not dogma. It is simply a disciplinary practice, and could be changed literally with a flick of the papal pen. So, why wait?

Sri Lanka's Abused Maids

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Hundreds of thousands of women from poor countries go to the Middle East each year to be maids. Locked in houses with no access to phones, often unpaid for months or years, they are slaves.

Catholic Interest In Exorcism Booming

New York Times | LAURIE GOODSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The rite of exorcism, rendered gory by Hollywood and ridiculed by many modern believers, has largely fallen out of favor in the Roman Catholic Church ...

From Rubble to Reconstruction

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Rubble to Reconstruction is part of CRS' Community Resettlement and Recovery program, a community-based approach that helps families resettle in their neighborhoods of origin.

Haiti, One Year After the Quake: New Homes in Old Neighborhoods

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Despite enormous challenges -- 1.2 million people homeless and the capital's infrastructure devastated -- tangible progress has been made.

Merry Christmas, China!

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Just because China has embraced Christmas does not mean the country is becoming Western. Looks can be deceiving. Christmas tunes play on radio sta...

The Calling Shows How Some Are Summoned to the Ministry

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a four hour documentary airing on PBS this month in the Independent Lens series.

Healing Requires Revealing: How The Church Is Failing Abuse Survivors

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

The opportunity for accountability, resolution and a promise for the protection of vulnerable children is now.

After Years of Violence, Peace for East Timor's People

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Catholic Relief Services

By Laura Sheahen Driving through the countryside of East Timor, my Catholic Relief Services colleagues and I pass a volleyball court. "That's from CR...

The Path of Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I think about God a lot. It's actually one of my favorite things to dwell on. It started when I quit the Lutheran Church when I was 14 due to the hypo...

Church Helped Priest Leave U.S. While Under Investigation For Sex Abuse

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

SAN DIEGO — Attorneys for nearly 150 people who claim sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests made nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed inter...

Catholic Blogs Aim To Purge Dissenters

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it's not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conserv...

ReThink Review: Hereafter -- Death, American Style

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While Hereafter hinges on the comforting notion that there is, indeed, a hereafter, the way the film's three main characters grapple with the concept of death is something rarely seen in American films

Astoria Characters: The Sister Act

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Everybody says we look alike," says Francine Amendola. "But our mother says we don't," adds her sister, Laraine Amendola.

Polarization - When We're Threatened We Circle The Wagons

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

A threat to the tribe is a threat to us individually, at the most profound level. We social human animals have evolved to depend on our tribes, literally for our survival.