Vatican strengthens oversight of Caritas Internationalis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican decree established new statutes and norms for Caritas Internationalis, giving Vatican offices, including the Secretariat of State, greater...

Speakers examine controversies over collision of art, religious imagery

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The relationship between art and the sacred is an unsolved problem of culture that exposes contradictions among society's less-than-consistent moral,...

Irish cardinal defends role in 1975 abuse inquiry, says he won’t resign

DUBLIN (CNS) -- The primate of All Ireland has said he will not resign despite criticism of his role in a 1975 canonical inquiry...

US bishops offer prayers for workers, families on May 1 holiday

ROME (CNS) -- A group of U.S. bishops began their "ad limina" visits to Rome praying for workers and for families. The bishops of Colorado,...

Opponents hope Northeast states will resist moves to assisted suicide

BOSTON (CNS) -- Opponents of legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts hope the commonwealth will follow Vermont's lead and kill the measure. By...

Priests must live holy lives to be effective ministers, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ten years after a historic papal response to clerical sex abuse, the Vatican urged priests to strive for greater holiness...

Wikipedia head joins Vatican meeting, talks about abortion controversy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The co-founder of Wikipedia told a Vatican audience that his online encyclopedia could contribute to peace by promoting "a more...

Schools display case: April accomplishments

Here is a quick look at some of the feats the diocese’s 12,000 Catholic school students accomplished so far in April: Academics National Merit Scholar Finalists...

Connecticut governor signs death penalty repeal bill backed by Church

HARTFORD, Conn. (CNS) -- In what he called "a moment of sober reflection, not celebration," Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a...

‘Pacem in Terris’ is model for preaching, teaching, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the Catholic Church increases its new evangelization efforts and works for justice and peace in the world, it would...