Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Honoring mothers and fathers means being grateful for the gift of life and Christians should never insult anyone's parents, Pope Francis said.

Post-Harvey aid tallied along Texas Gulf Coast, with help continuing

HOUSTON (CNS) — When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, John Hinojosa, president of the Galveston-Houston chapter of the Knights of Columbus, saw the Knights come alive in the recovery efforts after the storm.