Charting change: Vatican statistics track Church health indicators

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The health of the Catholic Church can be measured in many ways, and the Vatican has a special office just for that purpose.


Why married priests won't really fix the shortage

In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States. Today, that number has more than doubled, with one priest for every 1,800 Catholics.


Behold, Catholic beard balm (yes, it's a thing)

What do you do with an excess of chrism and a plethora of Catholic men with beards? Tony Vasinda, a director of faith formation at a Catholic parish in Seattle, Wash., was faced with that dilemma three years ago when he ordered some of the fragrant liturgical oil for his confirmation students.


Everything you need to know about Pentecost

This weekend, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church. Here’s what you need to know about the feast day.


A Jesuit chaplain shepherds Congress' divided flock

In his youth, Jesuit Father Patrick J. Conroy pictured himself as a lawyer and a senator, working in the deep recesses of Washington's U.S. Capitol building. In a way, he's doing just that but not in the way he imagined.