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Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur renew commit to poor, elect leaders

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur gathered for their annual chapter accepted the challenge of being "called to be women of justice and peace in the midst of the inequality and violence in our world."

Faith leaders urge ethical means, diplomacy by U.S. to stop persecution

A group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in the Denver area spoke out Aug. 11 against religious intolerance and violence against any ethnic or religious group and launched a new initiative called "Peace, Love and Co-Existence."

Religious leaders say cable series ‘a bigoted portrayal’ of the Amish

Pennsylvania religious leaders from a wide range of faiths and denominations have issued a joint statement criticizing the Discovery Channel for its reality-TV series "Amish Mafia," calling it a "negative, inaccurate and potentially damaging portrayal of Amish religion and culture."

Seminarian calls prayers by spiritual mom, her family ‘a grace, a joy’

They had never met before, but they were far from being strangers. So seminarian Andrew Natali smiled broadly when he spotted Mary Dulac and her 6-month-old son, Louis, in a Creighton University ballroom in Omaha.

‘Lt. Dan’ describes his faith journey, service to nation’s veterans

Actor Gary Sinise brought that knowing smile and everyman disposition from the movie screen to the Knights of Columbus convention in Orlando, where he spoke about his love for wounded veterans and a new collaboration between the Knights and his own charitable foundation.

Head of Network who launched ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour to get peace award

Sister Simone Campbell, whose "Nuns on the Bus" tours for social and economic justice drew national attention, has been named recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

‘Wounds of Christ’ can be seen in suffering of migrants, cardinal says

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley challenged all in attendance at the Knights of Columbus convention in Orlando to "connect the dots" between Christ and the suffering. He was one of several bishops who urged greater compassion for a flood of child immigrants to the U.S. who have arrived without a parent in recent months.

Three New York auxiliary bishops ordained on feast of patron of priests

The feast of St. John Vianney, patron of priests, was a fitting day for New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan to ordain three new auxiliary bishops for New York, the first to be appointed since the cardinal became archbishop of New York in 2009.

First black priests in U.S. ‘opened door for rest of us,’ says pastor

Black Catholic bishops, priests, deacons and religious brothers who gathered in Mobile for an annual joint conference celebrated the 80th anniversary of the first class of black priests who were educated and ordained in the U.S.

Anderson says Knights’ efforts follow pope’s call to help world’s poor

As an international fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus is well-positioned to follow Pope Francis' witness of "love for the sick, the suffering and the poor," said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.