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Detroit Archdiocese to host international Courage conference in August

The Aug. 10-12 conference at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth is titled "'Love One Another as I Have Loved You' -- Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters With Same-Sex Attraction."

Bishop Braxton frames approach to talking about U.S. racial divide

Building a public address around his pastoral letter on the racial divide in the United States, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, asked his audience to imagine themselves in a world where the Catholic Church's imagery and culture is Afro-centric.

Church must remain vigilant in addressing abuse, USCCB president says

The U.S. Catholic Church spent a total of $150.7 million on child protection efforts and to address allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors in dioceses and religious orders between July 2013 and June 2014.

Alito halts HHS mandate for Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses

Officials in the Pennsylvania dioceses hailed Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's decision to temporarily halt enforcement of the federal contraceptive mandate.

Parents of slain child oppose death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

The parents of Martin Richard, the youngest victim killed in the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago, are asking that the death penalty be taken "off the table" for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn

The Vatican announced the bishop's resignation April 21, specifying it was under the terms of the Code of Canon Law, which says, "A diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office."

Archbishop: Oklahoma City remains ‘beacon of hope’ 20 years after bomb

Oklahoma City and the surrounding community found comfort in God after the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building and that inspired a "generous spirit" among "many people who took time to care and to comfort one another," Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said April 19.

Cardinal George recalled as a man of intellect, faith, simplicity

In reaction to the April 17 death of Cardinal Francis E. George, U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders recalled his leadership, faithfulness and friendship.

Retired Chicago archbishop dies after cancer battle

UPDATED -- Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., died today at age 78. Archbishop Charles Chaput, a friend of the late cardinal for many years, called him a model for living the Beatitudes and "the finest intellect the Church in America has seen in many decades."

Nuncio: Humans’ need to profess religious beliefs ‘cannot be smothered’

Such questions are by nature religious and "to fully manifest themselves, they require freedom," Archbishop Bernardito Auza said April 13. "The human person wants to be able freely to profess his or her religion in private and in public as individuals and as groups."