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Georgetown gathering seeks to overcome polarization within church

Led by Cardinal Cupich and Archbishop Gomez, whom some perceive as representing "liberal" and "conservative" perspectives, respectively, in the American Catholic Church, the conference aims to overcome long-standing divides.

Nun-activist who protests ‘immoral’ U.S. nuclear weapons focus of film

From her petite frame, knit sweater and snow-white hair, it would be difficult to guess that 88-year-old Sister Megan Rice, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, recently spent two years behind bars for a felony.

USCCB migration chair agrees with U.S. bishops concerned by border troops

UPDATED - "Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country to due process as their claims are reviewed," Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, said in a statement.

Priests’ group recommends revisions in U.S. priestly formation

An organization of 1,200 priests wants changes in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the U.S. Catholic Church can better address challenges that include declining membership and falling seminary enrollment.

Nine-week Knight of Columbus video series highlights ‘Everyday Heroes’

"This film series offers a glimpse into the many 'ordinary' ways in which the Knights serve those around them," Carl Anderson, Knights of Columbus CEO, said in a statement.

Pedaling to the peripheries: Bishop to lead team in bike ride across Iowa

Bishop Zinkula will exchange his miter for a bicycle helmet to lead the diocese's "Pedaling to the Peripheries" team of 20 bicyclists and support crew for RAGBRAI XLVI.

Syrian refugee, an ISIS target, shares harrowing tale of fleeing homeland

Gabriel Jabbour shared the story of his narrow escape and the Catholic faith that sustains him during a dinner and auction to help raise funds for resettlement of Middle East Christians displaced by terrorism, war and persecution.

Scientists, farmers, theologians discuss agriculture as ‘noble vocation’

"There are concerns about retrieving this sense of the nobility of agricultural production and the nobility of the farmer. How do we do that, and what does our faith tell us about that?"

Migration aid project study focuses on ‘Catholic social innovation’

A new global study conducted by FADICA examines the Catholic response to the humanitarian crisis that has forcibly displaced 65 million people worldwide, including 22.5 million refugees.

Baltimore cardinal booed, heckled at ’66 hearing for backing fair housing

For the first time in more than a half century, digitized footage of the Cardinal Lawrence J. Shehan's television appearance speaking in favor of an open housing bill is now available for viewing