• New aide says Francis wants to hear laity, not just bishops and priests

    • Aug 22, 2016

    Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.

  • Married couple tells bishops they're there to help

    Married couple tells bishops they're there to help

    • Oct 17, 2015

    ROME — Many people following the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family are hoping the 270 prelates gathered in Rome will come out with solutions for various crises facing families today, such as high divorce rates, poverty, migration, and elderly who have been abandoned. At least one of

  • Why can’t weddings be held in a closed church?

    • Sep 28, 2015

    Q. I am having a hard time understanding why a Catholic church closed by a bishop can no longer be used for Masses, weddings, and funerals. For more than 100 years, this particular church — built by my great-great-grandparents — was considered sacred ground. Now my grandson wants to get