National Discernment Day on Catholic Correctional Ministries

A National Discernment Day on Catholic Correctional Ministries, co-hosted by the USCCB and Catholic Mobilizing Network, was held on April 24, 2018 at Catholic University. It was prompted by the consensus that leadership structures for U.S. Catholic prison ministry are very weak, which is especially concerning given our country’s incarceration rate, the highest in the world. The […]

Catholic Sisters: America’s Admiration and Misperceptions

Recent research released by the Hilton Foundation finds that 72% of Americans hold Catholic sisters in high regard, yet have limited understanding of their life and work. The newly launched Sister to All campaign distills the research for use on social media and traditional news outlets. Discover more about Americans’ perceptions of Catholic sisters by visiting the Sisters to All website and using […]

Pope Francis Thanks American Sisters in Historic Virtual Town Hall Meeting

On the eve of his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis affectionately connected with audiences in three U.S. cities in surprise virtual town hall meetings. In Chicago, Cristo Rey Jesuit students gathered to video chat in the very same school chapel FADICA members visited during their June 2014 meeting. An audience of homeless […]

National Symposium Calls for Increased Support for Hispanic Catholic Leaders

Over 120 leading Catholic philanthropists, bishops, educators, Hispanic ministry leaders and business leaders participated in the historic symposium, Hispanic Leadership and Philanthropy for a 21st Century Church, held in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-25, 2015. The dynamic gathering called for greater investment to support leadership development of those in Hispanic ministry.“Our hope is that the new partnerships […]

Pope Francis Calls on All to Care for the Earth

Pope Francis’ much-awaited encyclical contains an urgent challenge to protect our common home, the earth, and calls for an ecological approach that “hears both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”  In Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis seeks “to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral […]

New Church Management Training in Italy

Catholic parishes in Italy are presently receiving church management training through a new program launched by the Villanova School of Business in Pennsylvania and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In an interview with RNS, Charles Zech, Director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics at Villanova, said the collaboration is expected to have […]

Honoring Women Religious During National Catholic Sisters Week

The annual celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW), March 8-14, is a time to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters. To honor women religious both past and present, a series of events are being held around the country that recognizes their selfless service and legacy. Held in conjunction with National […]

Cardinal Felix Recognized for Work with Poor & Disenfranchised

At the first papal consistory held earlier this year, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix to Cardinal in recognition of Cardinal Felix’s lifetime of selfless service to the poor and disenfranchised. Born in Dominica and ordained in 1956, he is the first cardinal to be named from the Antilles bishops’ conference. While serving as […]

Hispanic Parish Ministry Key to US Catholicism

The future of Catholicism in the U.S. relies heavily on the Church’s ability to attract and retain young Hispanics, according to a new study recently released by Boston College in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The report titled, “The National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic […]

Cardinal Wuerl named to Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops

Pope Francis today named Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. The responsibilities of the congregation include moderating all aspects of episcopal appointments, assisting bishops in the correct exercise of their pastoral functions, handling ad limina visits (regular visits to Rome by bishops every five years) and […]