Attorneys general urge wider exemption for contraceptive mandate

Thirteen state attorneys general asked the federal government to expand the religious exemption under the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate to private companies.

Safeguarding creation expected to be major theme at WYD in Rio

When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in the summer, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

Obama reflects on ‘blessed moments’ he spent in Holy Land before Easter

President Barack Obama said his visit to the Holy Land just before Easter gave him "blessed moments" praying at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and walking where Jesus did, he said at a prayer breakfast at the White House April 5.

Through pope’s embrace, 8-year-old Rhode Island boy touches the world

Christiana Gondreau could not have imagined that a chance encounter she and her 8-year-old son, Dominic, had with Pope Francis in the middle of St. Peter's Square following his first Easter Mass would touch the hearts of so many around the globe.

Pope urges doctrinal office to act ‘decisively’ against sex abuse

Pope Francis reaffirmed the importance of responding decisively to the problem of the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and called on the Vatican office dealing with suspected cases to continue carrying out its mandate.

Allowing over-counter sale of contraceptives to all ages ‘simply wrong’

An April 5 decision by a New York federal judge to lift age limits on purchases of over-the-counter emergency contraceptives should be "appealed and overturned," according to an official of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.

In Sudanese parish of refugees, priest works to give people hope

Fr. Biong Kuol's parish is a sprawling collection of temporary huts made from sticks and sun-bleached plastic sheeting. A few skinny cows and goats wander about.

Traditional marriage ‘important for the social good,’ says archbishop

Traditional marriage between one man and one woman is really about the good of children and families, and the "good of families" is about "the good of society," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Auxiliary Bishop Nevares celebrates Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis

Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares, accompanied by numerous priests and deacons, processed through the plaza in front of the downtown Diocesan Pastoral Center March 15 surrounded by clouds of billowing incense, en route to the Solemn Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis.

Private school tuition assistance available from state of Arizona

Recently a new type of scholarship has been developed by the Arizona Department of Education that allows students currently attending “failing” (“D” or “F”) public district or charter schools to transfer to private schools and receive funding to pay for tuition.