Census Bureau findings point to U.S. poverty reduction in 2021

The year 2021 was an outlier in many respects. Much of the year was characterized by halting steps to return to something resembling normality following the global health emergency declared in 2020 over the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate delays vote on measure to codify same-sex marriage in federal law

The U.S. Senate Sept. 15 delayed a vote on a bill to codify same-sex marriage in federal law until after the midterm elections.

Be seekers of the truth, pope tells Italian pilgrims

Through the word of God and the sacraments, Christians can be "seekers of the truth" and nurture the bonds of love that unite their communities, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal: Candidates for sainthood must be inspirational models of holiness

While all Christians are called to live a life of holiness, only some are recognized as having lived life in such a way that they are canonized as saints, said the prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints.

U.S. synod report finds participants share common hopes, lingering pain

Catholics across the country continue to feel wounded by the clergy abuse crisis, seek a more welcoming church in which their "lived reality" is prioritized over rules and regulations, and desire lifelong spiritual, pastoral and catechetical formation as disciples, according to a report synthesizing the 10-month synodal process in dioceses.

Bishops speak against transport of migrants; it ‘offends God,’ says one

Several U.S. Catholic bishops slammed the actions of Republican politicians who have recently begun to send out of their states groups of women, children and men seeking refuge.

Cardinal prays at queen’s funeral, signaling Charles’ openness to dialogue

An English cardinal took part in the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in an indication of openness of the British Royal family to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.

Papal almoner visits newly discovered mass grave site in Ukraine

Standing near a mass grave site in eastern Ukraine and seeing the delicate and solemn removal of bodies, Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner, said he could only pray.

What is the Doctrine of Discovery and will Vatican statement affect it?

A date for a new papal statement on the Doctrine of Discovery, promised by Pope Francis on his way home from Canada to Rome, has not been announced. But whenever it happens, it is likely to address core concerns of Indigenous people in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

Bishops in Belgium authorize prayer for committed gay couples

The Flemish-speaking bishops of Belgium have appointed a contact person for ministry to and with gay Catholics and have authorized prayer for committed gay couples on the condition it is clear that it is not equivalent to a wedding blessing.