• Catholic Charities picks up the pieces after Orlando

    Catholic Charities picks up the pieces after Orlando

    • Jun 16, 2016

    Just hours after the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando called the Pulse that left 50 dead, including the gunman, and more than 50 wounded, six bilingual staffers from Catholic Charities arrived at the Hampton Inn in downtown Orlando, a meeting place for family and friends of the victims.

  • Vatican not quite done talking to American nuns

    Vatican not quite done talking to American nuns

    • Jun 15, 2016

    Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, the Vatican’s top official for religious life, said there are still about 15 orders of Catholic nuns in the United States with which his department wants to do follow-up after a controversial Vatican-mandated review officially ended more than a year ago.

  • ‘A sword has pierced the heart of our city’, says Orlando bishop

    ‘A sword has pierced the heart of our city’, says Orlando bishop

    • Jun 13, 2016

    Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan says “a sword has pierced the heart of our city,” asking all parishes in the nine-county diocese in central Florida to include prayer intentions during Sunday Masses and planning to lead an evening prayer vigil for the community — called a “Vigil to Dry Tears” — at St. James Cathedral in Orlando Monday night.

  • Survey finds ‘Francis effect’ in Catholic interest in the Bible

    Survey finds ‘Francis effect’ in Catholic interest in the Bible

    • Jun 9, 2016

    A new “State of the Bible Survey” by the American Bible Society found that 77 percent of Catholics want to read the Bible more often. Although the percentage has fluctuated in recent years, it reflects an 8 percentage point increase since January 2013, just before Pope Francis’ election.