National News

Church’s legal procedures for abuse cases need changing, expert says

Even though the Catholic Church has all the necessary norms and laws in place to safeguard minors from abuse by clergy, the problem continues to be a lack in understanding or caring about those rules and guidelines and applying them effectively, said one Jesuit expert.

Wheelchair charity run by immigrants helps the most vulnerable

Among the many inspiring stories heard by those who attended the 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, the tale of the Living Hope Wheelchair Association stood out for its compassion and resilience.

Q-and-A on faith leaders’ letter on beauty of ‘God-given sexual identity’

The signatories on an open letter including Archbishop Chaput described as "deeply troubling" the movement today "to enforce the false idea -- that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa."

Laughter, tolerance, shared faith seen as crucial for lasting marriage

"Marriage is always a crapshoot. You never know what's going to happen in your life," said Bess June with a smile. She and husband John Lane are celebrating their 60th anniversary during National Marriage Week.

Retired Idaho priest charged with sex exploitation of child, child porn

Father W. Thomas Faucher, 72, was arrested Feb. 2 and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of distributing sexually exploitative material involving children and two counts of drug possession.

Acts of love, courage are signs of God’s grace in the U.S., Trump says

The president held up as "American heroes" people from many walks of life who strive to help others as part of their daily routines and in emergencies.

Conference examines challenges facing Catholic higher education in U.S.

An emphasis on online learning, increasingly stressed endowments and questions over how to best connect with students' wants and needs are among challenges facing Catholic higher education.

DACA uncertainty leaves lives in balance for four Chicago Catholics

DACA has allowed 42,400 young people to work legally in Illinois, and they pay taxes, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Protecting social service safety net is Catholic priority with Congress

Catholic advocates visited Capitol Hill Feb. 6 hoping members of Congress were ready to listen to their push for a federal budget that makes the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority.

Catholics gather on Hill to pray lawmakers will protect the Dreamers

A group of priests, religious, young immigrants and their supporters gathered outside of the U.S. Capitol Feb. 6 to pray for the Dreamers, whose lives are in limbo, and for the legislators who have the power to change their situation.