It comes down this: Two games in one legendary place

The Catholic League basketball finals return to the famed Palestra on Monday night. See our preview of both the girls' (O'Hara vs. Wood) and the boys' (Wood vs. Neumann-Goretti) games, and what got them here.

Chicago Catholic college’s basketball chaplain? A 97-year-old nun

Sister Jean has become a fixture on campus, even getting her own bobblehead day before a game in appreciation for her service.

Archbishop Chaput lauds repeal of rules for transgender students

Those in "difficult situations" should be able to express them "without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security on the part of all young students and parents,” two bishops said Feb. 24.

Governor’s veto on defunding Planned Parenthood called ‘deeply offensive’

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto comes at the "expense of comprehensive health care for women" because the defunding measure would have redirected state dollars to provide primary care to women and their families.

In after-school programs, the kids are in good hands

At the 15 Out of School Time programs in Philadelphia run by Catholic Social Services, children have a safe and fun place for homework and play after the school bell rings. Parents have peace of mind while they work.

Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.

Argentine attorney representing workers stays friends with Pope Francis

Grass-roots organizing that seeks to overcome what Pope Francis has called "the economy of exclusion" is vital to the work of the Catholic Church, said Juan Grabois.

Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, pope says

"The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity," the pope said.

South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent famine

In a Feb. 23 appeal for humanitarian assistance, the bishops said farmers have fled lands without planting crops as civilians are targeted by both sides in the country's increasingly bloody three-year civil war.

Pope: Jesus guided by truth, mercy, not ‘one size fits all’ mentality

Christians are called to be "just in mercy" rather than following the letter of the law but not the heart of the law, the pope said.