NETWORK Nuns on the Bus design for 2014. Photo courtesy of NETWORK

New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour to tackle political ‘dark money’

(RNS) It’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming tour of the “Nuns of the Bus” crew, which hits the road next week for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key Senate battleground states to campaign against the influence of outside money on politics.

Bishop Leonard P. Blair, right, of Toledo, Ohio, processes with other bishops into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York before Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan's installation Mass in 2009. Photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

Pope Francis’ Conn. appointment draws criticism

TOLEDO, Ohio (RNS) With little more than six months on the job, Francis has named nearly a dozen bishops in the U.S., and because bishops are charged with implementing a pope’s vision for the global church, many observers are looking to see who Francis names as bishops and cardinals.