Faith: Catholic

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    Congregations thrive, he says, when they forge relationships with other community institutions and demonstrate "how people of faith can draw from deep reservoirs of inspiration and understanding and translate their tradition into meaningful public policies."

    March 2, 2001 | Comments

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    Many houses of worship have worked hard to be more welcoming to people with disabilities. But the deaf prefer to worship within their own community, and to be ministered to by other deaf people. More

    January 12, 2001 | Comments

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    The National Conference of Catholic Bishops have approved the first national guideline for church art and architecture. Titled “Built of Living Stones,” the document advises parishes, priests, and architects on appropriate church styles, which reflect solid theological foundations. More

    November 17, 2000 | Comments

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    Political experts say Roman Catholics are among the most important swing votes in the 2000 election. They still support the Democratic Party overwhelmingly, but there are growing political divisions among the nation’s 60 million Catholics. More

    October 27, 2000 | Comments

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    As corporate farming displaces more and more family farms in America’s Great Plains, ranchers and farmers move away. Local businesses are forced to shut down, schools consolidate, and congregations become so small they have to close their churches. More

    June 23, 2000 | Comments

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    In Rwanda, tribal violence and genocide broke out on an almost unimaginable scale. Eight hundred thousand people were killed in little more than three months. Now, as the country recovers, churches are experiencing dramatic growth in the Hutu and Tutsi efforts to find reconciliation. More

    June 9, 2000 | Comments

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    There is a growing conflict at the U.S.-Mexico border between enforcing the law and helping illegal immigrants in need. Despite walls and patrols, undocumented immigrants continue to pour into the U.S., sometimes under life-threatening conditions. Should churches help the needy, even if they're here illegally?

    November 26, 1999 | Comments

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    The word "spirituality" has come to mean all kinds of private experience of the sacred. The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is a center for the practice and teaching of the Christian contemplative tradition. Here, mainline Protestants mostly seek experience of God through the practices of, among others, Tibetan Buddhists and Catholic saints.

    November 11, 1999 | Comments

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    These terrifying – or sometimes whimsical – sculptures decorate the outside of many cathedrals and houses of worship. But what are they doing there? More

    October 29, 1999 | Comments

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    The work of Mother Teresa’s worldwide missionary order continues, and so does the work of another missionary nun in Calcutta, who ministers to the poor in a different way.

    September 3, 1999 | Comments

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