After his two years as pope, ‘Francis effect’ has taken hold

Within two years of becoming pope, Pope Francis now has an effect named after him.

As Islamic State steps up attacks, Christian leaders call for help

Christian leaders again called for help for Assyrian Christians as Islamic State militants stepped up their attacks against their towns in northern Syria.

Court orders review of Notre Dame’s case on contraceptive mandate

The Supreme Court March 9 ordered the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its previous ruling and review -- in light of the June Hobby Lobby decision -- whether the University of Notre Dame must pay for coverage of contraceptives in employee and student health insurance plans.

Let Jesus cleanse you of your sins, pope urges

Christian faith and a moral life are responses to God's mercy and not the result of "titanic" human effort, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal Egan, retired archbishop of New York, dies at age 82

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who retired as archbishop of New York in 2009, died March 5. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was 82.

Four national Catholic publications call for ending the death penalty

Four nationally circulated Catholic publications called for abolishing the death penalty in the United States in a jointly published editorial.

Hundreds honor memory of Father Hesburgh, celebrate a life well lived

Ryan Leahy of Chicago walked up to an employee on the snow-covered campus of the University of Notre Dame March 3 and asked her to take a photo of him and his family members in front of the school's iconic gold dome.

Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.

Bishop Olmsted’s homily for the first Sunday of Lent [VIDEO]

ICYMI: Here is Bishop Olmsted's homily from Feb. 22, the first Sunday of Lent.

Faithful pray for migrants, discuss their plight at ‘Mass for Migrants’

The first Friday of the 2015 Lenten season had local Catholics reflecting on death and its prevention for the countless immigrants longing for U.S. soil.