Bishops’ voices called ‘vital’ to fight challenges to religious liberty

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops voted June 15 to make the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty a permanent standing committee.

Couples on road to parenthood welcome arrival of faith-filled support group

Couples grappling with infertility and pregnancy loss can find spiritual support from an organization rooted in Catholic theology.

Irish bishop hopes papal visit can help bring healing after abortion vote

DUBLIN (CNS) — An Irish bishop said he hopes Pope Francis’ August visit can help bring healing after a divisive referendum that will pave the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks’ gestation.

CHA to work on implementing new HHS rule, but recognizes USCCB concerns

The Catholic Health Association said it would help its members implement the final rules on women's access to contraceptive coverage set by the federal Department of Health and Human Services using an accommodation as outlined by HHS for religious employers who are morally opposed to providing such coverage but are not exempted.

Faith-filled volunteer spirit fuels women’s conference leader

If you've been to any of the Phoenix Catholic Women's Conferences, you've witnessed the fruit of one woman's passion for helping fellow Catholic women along the path toward holiness.

Focus on hope, love while fighting racism, urge speakers at Georgetown

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Government, religious and university leaders encouraged a standing-room-only crowd at Georgetown University not to lose hope in the battle against racism.

Pope: Get out in the real world to find Jesus

People will not find Jesus by hanging out in first-class lounges or in the library, but by being out and about in the real world and in prayer, Pope Francis said.

Community mourns loss of Irish priest

Fr. Joseph Gillespie, known for his deep pastoral commitment and sense of humor, died Nov. 26. He was 87.

As Navy shooting details are sorted out, leaders ask for prayers

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As military, police and federal investigators searched for a second suspect in the Sept. 16 shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 dead, religious leaders and public officials offered prayers for the victims and their families.

Pope says parents must not exclude themselves from children’s lives

"It's time for fathers and mothers to come out of their exile — because they have exiled themselves from their children's education — and to fully assume again their educational role," Pope Francis said.