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Spiritual practices get a fresh look

“Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor”by Jana Riess. Paraclete Press (Orleans, Mass., 2011). 179...

Texas bishops applaud decision to uphold sonogram law

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Catholic bishops applauded the Jan. 11 decision of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the state to enforce...

It’s National Vocations Awareness Week

The U.S. Catholic Church is celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education. This...

‘The Devil Inside,’ is cheap, grotesque and bigoted

“The Devil Inside,” so we're told, is a film the Vatican doesn't want you to see. If so, perhaps there's a “Da Vinci Code”-like...

Phila. closing 45 parish grade schools, four high schools

PHILADELPHIA — Jan. 6, traditionally celebrated as Epiphany, represented a true epiphany for thousands of Catholic school parents and students in the Archdiocese of...

Sarkozy: St. Joan of Arc embodies ‘Christian roots of France’

DOMREMY, France — French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised his country's patron, St. Joan of Arc, for helping “forge the national conscience.” “For the church, Joan...

Pope names 22 new cardinals, including two Americans

 VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including two from the United States, and announced a consistory for their formal induction...

Iraq War is over, but what about refugees?

Guest Commentary After World War II, there were an unprecedented number of refugees and displaced people. In response to that, in "Exsul Familia," Pope Pius XII...

Society of St. Vincent de Paul announces national officers

ST. LOUIS — The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has announced four new national officers. Benjamin Vaissade, a retired retail executive in the San...

Pew study estimates global Christian population at 2.18 billion

According to a new study, there are currently 2.18 billion Christians in more than 200 countries around the world, representing nearly a third of...

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