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'Hidden Tribes' report shows poor prospects for 'Exhausted Majority'

Distinctly Catholic: New report points to the majority of Americans who resent the dominance of the extremes in U.S. public discussion, but have not figured out how to overcome the reality.

Reflecting on the relationship between Christianity, politics and power

Commentary: Perhaps those pastors who align themselves with a leader who makes an idol of power and demeans anyone who gets in his way will have a conversion. Archbishop ├ôscar Romero started out as a conventional, even conservative bishop who did little to disturb the status quo.

Pope's quotes: Works of mercy

Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.

Women's voice needed to fight clericalism, 'macho' culture, Cardinal Ouellet says

The church needs to further integrate women into ecclesial life to confront the problems of clericalism and an exaggerated sense of masculinity, a Vatican official told the Synod of Bishops.

Federal government launches investigation into Pennsylvania dioceses

The United States Department of Justice is launching a federal grand jury investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania just months after a state-level investigation unearthed decades of allegations of widespread child sexual abuse by hundreds of priests that impacted more than 1,000 children over several decades.

Editorial: Ouellet vs. Vigan├▓ exposes right wing's anti-Francis strategy

We say: As the church lives through a fundamental transition, some who ignored the abuse crisis for decades now seize on it to smear Francis and plant the church of their dreams.

Report: Immigrant aid agencies urge government to reunite families, end zero-tolerance

A report from two leading faith-based agencies serving immigrants entering the United States from Mexico and Central America called on the federal government to end a policy that led to family separations earlier this year.

Synod: Church must help young people be ethical citizens, politicians

The importance of helping young people become ethical, active citizens who are unafraid of taking part in politics was a topic brought up by two members of the Synod of Bishops Oct. 16.

Jesus and Pope Francis: Contagious peace and joy

Young Voices: Our church is huge. I would like to think that our universal community can take a lot of diversity. We just don't have to prove we are better than one another or more holy than the next holy companion.

Pope, meeting South Korean leader, says he's open to visiting North

Pope Francis, at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said he is willing to visit North Korea.