Olympian known as honest, compassionate competitor motivated by faith

On the final day of the 2016 Rio Olympics Aug. 21, Rupp became the first American-born athlete to medal in the marathon in 40 years as he earned the bronze. As he crossed the finish line, the graduate of Central Catholic High School in Portland made the sign of the cross.

Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic

Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68, were found stabbed to death Aug. 25 in their home. They spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners in central Mississippi.

Federal judge blocks directive on transgender access to school bathrooms

A judge in Texas upheld current law that "specifically permits educational institutions" to provide bathroom facilities "based on sex, provided that the separate facilities are comparable." The ruling extends nationwide.

Diocese says government slow to offer ways to resolve impasse on mandate

"We have always been willing to meet with representatives of the government to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution to our impasse over religious freedom," said a Pittsburgh diocese statement issued Aug. 10.

A violent summer pushes U.S. to once again deal with lingering pain of racism

The two major presidential candidates in the country have recently made much of the issue while campaigning and in their official party platforms.

Parties front and center on economy, but what is the best path forward?

Both the Democrats and the Republicans put economic issues in the opening pages of their respective parties' platforms -- an indication of how seriously they take economic policy in its potential appeal to voters.

Catholic vote remains important, but less predictable than in the past

Any way it's examined, analysts say the Catholic vote -- about 22 percent of the electorate -- is not as monolithic as it once was.

Nation, world need gifts Latinos have to offer, says Archbishop Gomez

"Latinos represent the future of the church in the United States," he said. "The future of the church in this country depends on you and me."

After 147 years, Little Sisters of the Poor to end ministry in St. Louis

The sisters cited a decrease in sufficient vocations to effectively staff the residence in north St. Louis, in the spirit of the community's foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan.

Faithful learn to have a ‘Marian heart’ at West Chester parish retreat

SS. Simon and Jude Parish hosted about 150 people from the parish and surrounding area for a day with Mass, presentations, discussions and prayers honoring Mary, the model for discipleship today.