Bishops: Immigration bill on right track, some changes sought

Without getting into specifics, a panel of bishops said April 22 that a comprehensive immigration bill introduced the week before is on the right track, though they alluded to some aspects they would like changed.

Bourgade Catholic community mourns loss of former principal

Sr. Mary McGreevy, SSND, the former principal of Bourgade Catholic High School who dramatically expanded the school and oversaw extensive construction and renovation during her 14-year tenure, passed away Feb. 20. She was 76.

Redefining marriage would be ‘regrettable,’ say New Mexico’s bishops

Marriage is "a lifelong bond between one man and one woman," said the three bishops of New Mexico in a statement issued March 27, the date the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

If you want peace, end arms trade and help immigrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If individuals and nations are serious about protecting human rights and promoting peace, they must do much more to curb...

Author documents negative effects of birth control mentality in US

Frequent First Things contributor Mary Eberstadt examines the sexual revolution's negative fallout in "Adam and Eve After the Pill." She shows how the predictions...

Synod official says survey shows great suffering, need to rebuild trust

The responses to the Vatican questionnaire about Catholics' family life reflect a great amount of suffering around the world, said the general secretary of the synod.

Bishop dedicates new church for Ak Chin community

The Native American Catholic community had outgrown the old church at St. Francis Mission years ago. On top of being too small, it was too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.

Catholic agencies aiding homeless find task bigger during brutal winter

The need for food, clothes and shelter has been constant in a brutal winter marked by soaring snow totals and dangerously plunging cold temperatures this winter.

Nativity story’s significance continues to unfold today, pope writes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Nativity story, like the whole story of Christ, is not merely an event in the past, but has unfolding significance for people today, with implications for such issues as the limits of political power and the purpose of human freedom, Pope Benedict writes in his third and final volume on the life and teachings of Jesus.

Vatican to cooperate with Italy in fight against financial crimes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican signed an agreement with Italy to share information regarding suspect financial transactions in an effort to strengthen its ability to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism.