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Encourage more Latino students to attend Catholic schools, bishops told

The church needs to do a better job of encouraging Latino families and underserved populations to send their children to Catholic schools, the bishops were told Nov. 10 during their annual fall assembly in Baltimore.

Redefinition of marriage poses ‘complex challenges,’ says archbishop

The U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore for their annual fall general assembly were urged not to "shy away" from the Catholic Church's support of traditional marriage even as laws across the country are legalizing same-sex marriage.

U.S. bishops endorse sainthood cause of Father Paul Wattson

The U.S. bishops gave their support to advancing the cause of Father Paul Wattson, a onetime Episcopal priest who joined the Catholic Church more than a century ago along with the members of the Society of the Atonement, which he co-founded.

Bishops reminded of role as pastors to Christ’s family — the church

The role of Catholic bishops is to accompany their family of the church through their fears and concerns, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Nov. 10.

USCCB president emphasizes bishops’ role of serving family of church

Acknowledging that families come with complications, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminded his fellow bishops Nov. 10 that their role is to accompany their family of the church through their fears and concerns.

Look to his history to understand ‘pope of surprises,’ cardinal says

Pope Francis is clearly "a pope of surprises," German Cardinal Walter Kasper said in an address in Washington Nov. 6, and those who would try to understand the pontiff, he added, should remember his Argentine roots and how they influence his theology and his world view.

Many factors seen affecting increasingly lower voter turnout in U.S.

On a day when Americans are given the opportunity to exercise a right that people in other parts of the world are still fighting for, many of them have chosen, and continue to choose, not to vote.

Ruling sets up possible Supreme Court round on same-sex marriage

Although the Supreme Court recently declined to accept challenges to rulings making same-sex marriage legal in various states, a circuit court decision Nov. 6 could lead to another shot at the high court weighing in on a nationwide approach to such unions.

Food: It’s not just another product to waste

A dialogue on solving hunger might produce some sharp words but it would benefit the world, a Vatican official said. "Eating is a moral act because eating is a human act," said the Jesuit priest.

Backers of abortion measure credit prayer, church support for passage

Supporters of a Tennessee ballot measure to restore state lawmakers' authority to regulate abortion say the initiative passed Nov. 4 because of the backing by Catholic and other religious leaders and their churches.