Pope Francis’ Energetic Schedule for His First U.S. Trip – UPDATED

Pope Francis smiling

Wow, there's a lot happening on September 22-27, when Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States! The Washington Post offered an exclusive look at the preliminary schedule--with the disclaimer that things could change, this is not the "official" schedule. In fact, even after the Vatican releases the itinerary later this week, there could be last-minute changes. Here it is, though--the itinerary, as of this writing:Wednesday, September 23Breakfast at the White H … [Read more...]

At Meeting Near Ferguson, Catholic Bishops Approve Statement on Race Relations


Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland:  Two flashpoints in American race relations.. In August 2014, a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who had stolen cigarillos from a convenience store. The shooting sparked unrest in Ferguson, where protests and violence broke out. A grand jury exonerated the officer, citing corroborating evidence from witnesses; but the vigorous debate continues regarding p … [Read more...]

USCCB Tells Congress: Restore Religious Freedom, Rescind These Laws!

Two Catholic cardinals, three archbishops and a bishop, representing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have released an open letter to Congress, urging them to rescind two laws recently enacted in the District of Columbia, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA).The open letter, dated March 20, 2015, was signed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the USCCB's … [Read more...]