Keep up-to-date with the latest news on Pope Francis' visit to the United States.

Russell Shaw
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In years gone by, it was hardly unusual for periodic assemblies of the world Synod of Bishops to pass largely unnoticed by the media and just about everybody else. Not this time. The Oct. 4-25 Synod … more
Let’s begin by recognizing that the case of the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because same-sex marriage conflicts with her religious faith raises … more
Journalists understandably are fond of conflict — after all, it gives them something to talk about. Media coverage and commentary relating to a drop in Pope Francis’ popularity rating in a recent … more
In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for “an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.” Sometimes “lay ministry” gets … more
Does the Supreme Court decision constitutionalizing same-sex marriage mean we’ve lost the culture war and need to raise the white flag? (As should be obvious, “we” here are traditional … more
Does Henry Higgins hold the key to settling the same-sex marriage debate? Not quite. But in the wake of the Supreme Court decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it’s well … more
Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity with special vocations? Not really. Direction is generally for serious Christians, … more
The first and arguably most important thing to say about the Pew Research Center’s new overview of American religion is that it offers no grounds for either complacency or panic. What it does … more
The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn’t — thank God — bloody persecution like the … more
Not long after St. John XXIII’s social encyclical “Mater et Magistra” made its appearance in 1961, a wisecrack began making the rounds among Catholics who’d taken umbrage: “Mater, si; … more
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