Supporters pray during the “Nuns on the Bus” kick-off rally on May 29, 2013 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. RNS photo by David Gibson

‘Nuns on the Bus’ kick off immigration tour

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (RNS) With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the “Nuns on the Bus” on Wednesday kicked off a cross-country tour for immigration reform aimed at giving a faith-based push to legislation that is hanging in the balance in Congress.

RNS photo courtesy Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Convicted bishop is Catholic hierarchy’s elephant in the room

(RNS) As the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore next week, they will be facing questions about how they will cope with the re-election of President Obama. But also looming is the question of how they will deal with Bishop Robert Finn of Missouri, who in September became the first bishop found guilty of covering up for a priest suspected of child abuse.

Convicted bishop is Catholic hierarchy’s elephant in the room

(RNS) As the nation's Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore next week, they will be facing questions about how they will cope with the re-election of President Obama. But also looming is the question of how they will deal with Bishop Robert Finn of Missouri, who in September became the first bishop found guilty of covering up for a priest suspected of child abuse. By David Gibson.

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Bishops’ point man on ‘religious liberty’ gets a promotion

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (RNS) If there is any Catholic bishop who probably didn't need a bigger platform it would have to be William E. Lori, the hierarchy's high-profile point man in the battle for religious freedom. But now that he's been tapped as the next archbishop of Baltimore, Lori will be closer to the action in a fight that is defining the hierarchy and Lori's career. By David Gibson.

RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

Bishops face internal challenges in contraception battle

(RNS) as the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in this hotly contested battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. Left unchecked, they could undermine the bishops' position and weaken their future standing if they are seen as losing their faceoff with the White House. By David Gibson.