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Catholics to U.N. summit: Warmer temperatures are just part of the problem

Yeb Sano, former climate change commissioner for Philippines, is so concerned about global warming that he and other Catholic pilgrims are walking 900 miles from Rome to Paris for the U.N. climate change conference.

Teen boys from Milwaukee advocate for immigration reform in Hill visits

Their presentations to members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation -- usually to legislative assistants -- mentioned their mothers, admiration of their parents' courage and the importance of dealing with their situations face to face, not as statistics.

Layman overseeing Vatican financial reform says new standards are working

New accounting practices and ongoing auditing are helping to assure that the Vatican's financial operations are conducted in accordance with international accounting standards, Joseph F. X. Zahra, deputy coordinator of the recently established Council for the Economy.

Restorative justice seen as an aid to victims and communities

Given the national climate about crime and law enforcement, it seems almost unthinkable that crime victims would want to meet the men and women convicted of those crimes in prison to seek some kind of healing for the pain they experienced years ago.

Church of martyrs, polarization in U.S. church seen as ‘mega trends’

Catholic journalist John L. Allen Jr., a CNN analyst and an associate editor of the Boston Globe, discussed the future of the Catholic Church -- describing what he called three "mega trends" in the church today -- during a gathering Nov. 3 in Louisville.

Catholic TV chef has cooked for not one but two popes

Lidia Bastianich, even at age 68, is working like crazy. She's on her fifth public television cooking series and will have a Christmas special on PBS. She has also written 13 books, has a line of commercial cookware, sauces and pastas, and restaurants in New York City; Chicago; Kansas City, Missouri; and even Brazil.

Supreme Court will hear appeals in HHS mandate cases

UPDATED - Under the federal Affordable Care Act, most employers must cover employees' artificial birth control, sterilization and abortifacients, even if Catholic and other religious employers are morally opposed to such coverage. The high court will hear their appeals, including those from Pennsylvania, in March 2016.

Kennedy calls for more funds to treat mental health, addiction

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy called equal access for treatment a "moral imperative," saying, “we would never allow this to happen if this were any other physical illness." Insurance companies, hospitals and government can all share in the blame, he said.

St. Teresa of Avila ‘shows the way of radical love,’ says Carmelite nun

On a recent Saturday, a group of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Terre Haute celebrated the close connection that they have to St. Teresa of Avila, their order's foundress, who was born in Spain 500 years ago.

Catholic-Lutheran document sums up agreements, maps steps to full unity

The "Declaration on the Way" was prepared by a joint task force of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America