Pope Francis launched the first of two summertime trips to the Americas on Sunday, arriving in Ecuador on a mission to reach and energize some of the hemisphere's poorest, most marginalized - and most Catholic - populations.
Ever since Mario Jose Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, the region's political elite have beaten a path to the Vatican. Cuba's Raul Castro, Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos and Brazil's Dilma Roussef have all been granted audiences. Argentina's Cristina Fernandez has become a regular at the Holy See, visiting her countryman and one-time foe five times.
The push from bishops threatens to disrupt the historically reliable alliance of evangelical Christians and conservative Roman Catholic voters, putting pressure on Republicans who have leaned on their religious faith to guide them on social issues.
PHILADELPHIA-During two whirlwind days in Philadelphia in September, Pope Francis will speak about immigration and religious liberty outside Independence Hall and visit inmates at the city's largest prison.
When Tadd Johnson got a call in February that a Native American tribal elder in northern Minnesota had died and authorities were preparing to do an autopsy over his family's objections, the message was simple.
Our Lady of La Vang, currently meeting in St. Josephs Catholic Church in Raleigh, is relocating to a facility of their own. The community looks forward to creating a space that helps celebrate their culture. Binh Nguyen, pastoral council vice-chair for external affairs, provides the translation for Phat Quang Trinh in this video. Video by Tegan Johnston, email@example.com and Spencer Parts, firstname.lastname@example.org
VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis - the leader of a Catholic Church that has always preached the indissolubility of marriage - acknowledged on Wednesday that sometimes it is impossible for spouses to stay together.
Lama Chuck Stanford, Rime Buddhist Center: Recently, several of our political leaders have disgraced themselves by sexual misconduct, accepting bribes and through other moral lapses. So, how should a politician or leader conduct him or herself?
An upcoming world summit of Catholic bishops will discuss dropping long-standing rules against remarried divorcees as part of efforts to update the church's stance towards modern family life, the Vatican said Tuesday.
The leaders of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale released a statement saying they were "saddened" at the revelations that led to the resignation of their pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham.
Pope Francis has denounced what he calls the “great powers” of the world for failing to act when there was intelligence indicating Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were being transported to death camps in Europe during World War II.
The Right Rev. Michael Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, is outspoken on social issues and advocates for social justice and racial and gender equality. Now he has the chance to take his message to the broader church family. He is one of four nominees for the position of Presiding Bishop for the Episcopal Church in the United States. The governing body of the church will meet in Salt Lake City starting on Thursday and will vote to select a new Presiding Bishop on Saturday.