Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis E. George, who has headed the archdiocese since 1997.

Couples with kids, cohabitating are among those marrying at papal Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children. The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 14.

Never forget!

There are days that will be remembered, detail for detail, in our minds. And for many of us, Sept. 11, 2001, is undoubtedly one of those days. We, as a nation and as a world, saw the worst in humanity. We witnessed bloodthirsty men, corrupted by hatred, fueled with one desire -- death, chaos and destruction.

U.S. bishops recall ‘heroic history’ of Civil Rights Act of 1964

"There are reminders across our nation today that the embers of racial discrimination still smolder," the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Archbishop Sheen’s sainthood cause suspended indefinitely

The suspension was announced "with immense sadness," the Diocese of Peoria, Ill. said. "After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be relegated to the congregation's historic archive," the Peoria diocesan statement said.

Cardinal backs St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee as gay ban is lifted

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said he continues to support the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee after it lifted a ban prohibiting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups from marching openly in the annual event.

Debating just-war theory in light of Islamic State and past Iraqi wars

In the days that followed Pope Francis' Aug. 18 remarks on U.S. airstrikes earlier in the month against Islamic State, the buzz was about whether the pope had actually given his consent to them.

GENOCIDE: Christians, religious minorities flee violent persecution in Iraq

As the heartrending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit

Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.