Updated 11:38 a.m. with statement from Archdiocese of Philadelphia stating that they have not received official confirmation from the Vatican and that confirmation is not expected until six months before the visit.
FARGO, N.D. -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the federal government and federal contractors -- a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress.
The U.S. bishops have opposed the bill, known as ENDA, which was passed by the Senate last November but was never scheduled for a vote in the House. The bill has been introduced in almost every Congress since 1994.
JERUSALEM -- Members of the tiny Christian community in the Gaza Strip have been keeping watch out for and helping each other to keep safe from Israeli airstrikes throughout the region, but nowhere in the territory is really safe, said a priest at the territory's only Catholic parish.
Father Jorge Hernandez, an Argentine member of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, said that one night, after a bomb siren sounded, he helped three Sisters of Charity evacuate 20 handicapped children from their home to his.
WASHINGTON -- The college experience -- and the Catholic college experience, especially -- can influence a young man's decision toward considering a priestly vocation, according to a study issued in early July by Boston College.
Among the factors that have helped sway a man's decision to enter priestly life are access to clergy at the college as well as access to the Mass and other elements of Catholic life.