OAKLAND, Calif. (RNS) Catholic churches on the West Coast are vibrant and very different -- but that's something the pope will not see on his East Coast-only visit.
(RNS) Are there signs of a "Francis effect" among U.S. Catholics? Yes and no, but it's still probably too early to tell.
(RNS) Pope Francis is trying to tighten church teaching against the death penalty. Not all American Catholics, however, are convinced.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope -- who took his name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment -- has made care for the environment a hallmark of his papacy.