Pew report findings will validate faith of some, or cause soul-searching

When a 176-page report is issued on a subject that hasn't been addressed comprehensively in more than a generation, it's tough to compress its findings into a few short paragraphs.

Vatican official insists religious services are ‘essential services’

For believers, the ability to practice their faith and receive spiritual guidance are "the highest of essential services," and pandemic practices over the past year have shown they are not automatically super-spreader events, the Vatican foreign minister said.

Pope: Honor martyrs by remaining faithful, working for a better Iraq

Pope Francis visited the cathedral where 48 Christian martyrs died in 2010 when militants detonated explosives and shot people; 48 Catholics -- including two priests -- died inside and more than 100 people were wounded.

‘Human fraternity’ includes citizenship rights for all, cardinal says

Pope Francis' focus on "human fraternity" does not aim simply at promoting tolerance among different religions and ethnic groups but ultimately pushes for a recognition of the full citizenship rights of all minorities, said Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Catholic leaders speak out against violence targeting Asian Americans

In the days following the March 16 shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six Asian American women, protests and vigils took place around the country remembering the victims and calling for an end to a growing wave of anti-Asian racism and violence.

Swiss-born Father Hans Küng, theologian, dies at 93

Father Hans Küng, the prominent and sometimes controversial Swiss Catholic theologian, died peacefully in his sleep in the university town of Tübingen, Germany, where he had lived and lectured since 1960, said a spokesman for his Global Ethic Foundation. He was 93.

Bishop Olmsted installs new rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

Bishop Olmsted installed Fr. Camou as rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral this past Sunday. As part of the rite of installation, Fr. Camou renewed his oath of fidelity and led his new flock in the Profession of the Catholic faith. This bears witness to his desire to serve them as a loving father, wise teacher, and faithful shepherd.

Report shows higher-than-average COVID-19 spread among immigrant detainees

A recent analysis by The New York Times found evidence for what many Catholic organizations and other entities warned about at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States -- the faster spread of the coronavirus among those detained in facilities for immigration violations.

Addressing effects of slavery calls for looking ahead, panelists say

The work of Georgetown University and the Jesuits in reckoning with the history of owning and selling enslaved people may hold lessons for the rest of the Catholic Church and American society, said several panelists at an April 29 discussion at the university.

‘Old habit’ of covering up abuse must stop everywhere, pope says

Abuse against a minor is a kind of "psychological murder" that can destroy the victim's childhood, Pope Francis told an Italian association active in the fight against child abuse and online child pornography.