Phoenix communications manager, author named to USCCB public affairs post

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Judy M. Keane has been named director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Public Affairs, effective Sept. 12.

Catholic mission set up to bring God to hipsters

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The gray robes worn by the Conventual Franciscan friars may not be fashionable in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, but the religious men appear to be fitting in just fine in the heart of "hipster" country.

Diocese says government slow to offer ways to resolve impasse on mandate

PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- The Pittsburgh Diocese said Bishop David A. Zubik is making every effort to achieve a swift negotiated solution to the diocese's dispute with the federal government over religious freedom in relation to the federal contraceptive mandate, as directed by the U.S. Supreme Court.