Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 percent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland.
The wailing of sirens called Father Tom Higgins from his parish rectory and Sisters Linda Lukiewski and Julie Sertsch from their convent to the scene of the Amtrak train derailment the evening of May 12.
The cover photograph on a new 232-page report outlining religious freedom violations around the world last year pretty much says it all.
A scathing new report on the conditions under which immigrants are detained concludes with the U.S. bishops’ recommendation that the current system be dismantled and replaced with less drastic approaches for keeping track of people whose immigration cases are pending.
Despite reports in the Italian press that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata’s canonization has been set for Sept. 4, 2016, a Vatican spokesman says the date is only hypothetical and cannot be confirmed.
U.S. House passage May 13 of a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks is “long overdue and one of the most common sense laws under consideration,” said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.
Reaction was mixed to the May 15 jury sentencing of death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Families are the first victims wherever there is conflict or poverty, but they also are the best place for teaching peace and reconciliation, Pope Francis told bishops of the Central African Republic.
Are frozen embryos human beings worthy of dignity and respect or are they property subject to contractual obligations?
The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other’s freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.
A major study of the religious landscape of the United States shows a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion, with the largest shift occurring among the “millennial” generation.