National News

‘Biggest human rights rally’ returns for March for Life

"The biggest human rights rally in the world," as one regular participant described it, will return to the nation's capital for the annual March for Life Jan. 22.

New Jersey Bishop David O’Connell has surgery to amputate lower leg

Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell underwent surgery Dec. 29 to remove his left foot, ankle and part of his lower left leg because of infections aggravated by diabetes.

Study suggests faith influences opinion about space exploration

How people value space exploration may just depend on someone's particular faith.

Demographic changes affecting church now an emerging reality for U.S.

As Catholics in the United States grapple with demographic changes to their church, all Americans are facing the changes occurring in the country, one that is becoming more non-white and suburban. The big question: How will Americans treat their neighbors?

Fatal shooting of New York police officers called ‘brutal, irrational’

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan joined in mourning what he called the "brutal and irrational execution of two young, promising and devoted police officers" fatally shot Dec. 20 as they sat in their New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street.

Ever-increasing cyberattacks prompt new cybersecurity degree programs

The year 2014 has seen jaw-dropping news of banks, businesses and governments reporting organized cyberattacks and breached data networks compromising millions of private data files, financial accounts and consumer information.

Cuba-U.S. reset long promoted by church leaders in both countries

A part of the diplomatic coup pulled off by the White House and Cuban leaders Dec. 17 was that hardly anyone knew they had been working toward a reset in relations between the two longtime antagonists.

Cardinal cuts ties with Priests for Life, says reforms in group needed

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said he wants "nothing further to do" with Priests for Life, which has its headquarters on Staten Island, which is in the New York Archdiocese.

Church leaders pleased that U.S.-Cuba will rebuild relations

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami described the news as a "game changer" and welcomed the work of Pope Francis in encouraging the two countries together to settle their long-standing differences. "Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: build bridges and promote peace," he said.

Indiana man’s handcrafted Nativity stables reflect stories of faith

Ed Kirschner knows there's one thing he can count on when people visit his small shop where he creates Nativity stables.