Archbishop Ryan freshman almost perfect in key playoff win

Dana Bell pitched like a seasoned veteran allowing only one runner to reach base in Ryan's Catholic League softball semifinal win over Archbishop Wood. In two playoff games she has allowed three hits, one walk and no earned runs.

Catholic Social Services offers spiritual retreat for women in transition

More than 110 women who have benefited from Housing and Homeless Services programs gathered May 14-15 at Malvern Retreat House to remember that God sees them as "beautiful and courageous."

Marriage proclaims ‘love is possible,’ pope says

"It is true there are difficulties, there are problems with the children or with the couple themselves -- arguments, fights." But the witness of couples who continue in love, who overcome the difficulties, he said, proclaims the beauty of God's plan for humanity.

Ideal matchup shapes up as a reality for Catholic baseball final

La Salle, which won the regular-season title with an 11-1 record, will face Archbishop Carroll (10-2), who gave the Explorers their only defeat. Sports columnist John Knebels talks to the key players before the big game.

Appeals court upholds decision overturning California assisted suicide

A California appeals court has denied Attorney General Xavier Becerra's request for an immediate stay on a lower court ruling that overturned the state's assisted suicide law.

Hitting proves contagious in Lansdale Catholic’s 15-4 landslide win

The Crusaders advanced to the Catholic League girls' softball final with their victory over epic offensive performance against Bonner-Prendergast, a game that improbably featured sparkling defensive plays.

Iraqi Christians see need for government free of sectarianism

Although fiery Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has gained the majority of parliament's seats, his uncompromising nationalism, stand against corruption and against foreign meddling seem to have struck a chord among ordinary Iraqis

Cardinal, other faith leaders, scientists urge action on climate change

"As a community of faith leaders, we have worked together to alleviate poverty, to fight racial and social injustice, and to defend human life. All of these social goods are negatively impacted by climate change, which devastates the most vulnerable and jeopardizes us all."

Pope to police: A nation can’t survive without families teaching values

The world lacks tenderness today, but families can help bring it back, Pope Francis said.

German priest criticized, ridiculed for headscarf protest

Father Wolfgang Sedlmeier said he wished to protest discrimination against Muslims and Jews.