Supreme Court decisions on contraceptives, Catholic schools called a win for religious freedom

A man stands with a cross in front of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNS) – On July 8, the U.S. Supreme Court announced two decisions that strengthened religious freedom. 

What Father Tolton might say about today's racial injustices

Father Augustus Tolton

CHICAGO (CNS) — Father Augustus Tolton, the first identified Black priest ordained for the United States, would likely be disappointed by what he sees going on in the United States today, said Father David Jones, pastor of St. Benedict the African Parish in Chicago.

Msgr. Ratzinger, retired pope's brother, dies at 96

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96.