Approaches to religious liberty have developed over time

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” are the first words of the Bill of...

Georgetown students vote for student fee to pay reparations over slavery

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Undergraduate students at Jesuit-run Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly April 11 to pay a new student fee that would be for reparations to the descendants of slaves owned and later sold by the school.

Vatican praises new UN status for Palestine, urges full sovereignty

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican praised a United Nations vote making Palestine a non-member observer state but called for full recognition of Palestinian...

Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

Friar’s remains exhumed, relics collected ahead of beatification Mass

DETROIT (CNS) — The remains of Fr. Solanus Casey were exhumed Aug. 1 as part of the canonical process that precedes the saintly Capuchin Franciscan friar’s beatification Mass in November.

Synod fathers ask: Does the Church need to watch its language?

In official reports of the closed-door talks at the Synod of Bishops on the family, an emerging theme has been the call for a new kind of language more appropriate for pastoral care today.

Indian church groups join rescue, relief efforts in flooded northeast

Church charity groups in India joined security personnel in rescue and relief work for hundreds of thousands of people affected by flash floods and massive landslides in northeastern India's Uttarakhand state

Judge orders release of immigrant families within 60 days

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A federal judge Aug. 21 gave the Obama administration 60 days — until Oct. 23 — to release the hundreds of immigrant mothers and children being held in locked detention centers. Central California District Court Judge Dolly Gee reiterated her order of a month earlier, in which she said a long-standing court settlement over treatment of juveniles in immigration custody is violated by the government’s policy of detaining mothers and children while they pursue asylum or other ways of remaining in the country.

Be in a ‘holy hurry’ to share Gospel, love others, pope says

On the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis said St. Teresa teaches Catholics how to be pilgrims bringing the Gospel and God's love to the world and how to live their lives as "a journey of perfection," growing closer to the Lord each day.

Continuing Easter celebrations, pope again prays for Sri Lanka

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On Easter Monday, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square in praying for the hundreds of people who died or were injured in bomb blasts the previous day in Sri Lanka.