| Feb 11, 2013
Religion News Service's Kevin Eckstrom has reaction to the surprise announcement by Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he is resigning at the end of the month due to health reasons. Benedict is the first Pope in 600 years to voluntarily step down: “...
| Feb 11, 2013
Orlando Catholic Diocese Bishop John Noonan mark the start of Lent by drawing the sign of the cross with ash on the foreheads of parishioners attending mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 12:10 p.m., at St. James Cathedral, 215 North Orange Ave., Orlando....
| Mar 9, 2011
| 12:59 PM
Q. A Mormon leader recently made a speech, in which he claimed religious freedom in America is under assault from secularization and a growing gay rights movement.
In his speech, Elder Dallin H. Oaks warned of “an alarming trajectory of events...
| May 17, 2011
| 4:16 PM
An Ohio native, Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Conlon expected to stay in the small town of Steubenville until the day he died. He even chose a cemetery plot there.
But when the request came from Pope Benedict XVI to become the new bishop of Joliet -- a...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 9:24 AM
The taste of victory is either stone crab or barbecue flavored.
While the Heat and the Mavericks fought on the basketball court last night, a friendly battle of bishops simmered in the background: a wager between Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 4:46 AM
The rite, those few priests who have performed it say, can unfold as a quiet prayer session or a show of violence.
The afflicted person may curse the cleric, speak in a voice not his or her own, even assume facial features that one priest described as...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 5:11 PM
Baltimore's archdiocese, the oldest in the nation, can once again claim one of the highest-ranking members of the Roman Catholic Church as its leader.
Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, leader of the archdiocese since 2007, was named a cardinal Friday by...
| Feb 3, 2012
Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who was accused by local prosecutors during his 15-year tenure as head of the Philadelphia archdiocese of ignoring sexual abuse of children by hundreds of priests, has died. He was 88.
The Roman Catholic archdiocese...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 4:04 PM
Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien said in a strongly worded letter that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will not comply with federal law requiring churches to offer birth control coverage even it means dropping health insurance for its 3,500 employees....
| Feb 10, 2012
| 3:37 PM
President Barack Obama announced a compromise Friday in the dispute over whether to require full contraception insurance coverage for female employees at religiously affiliated institutions.
Under the new plan, religiously affiliated universities and...
| Feb 12, 2012
| 12:49 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will not make any more changes to the rule announced last week requiring health insurance plans to provide women with coverage for contraception, although U.S. Catholic bishops have said it violates the...