VATICAN CITY | In an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future, retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday to formally install new cardinals who will elect their successor.
Though Pope Francis has been the leader of the Catholic Church for less than a year, many Catholics in Northwest Indiana report an overwhelming positive response to the new leadership.
The teenage generation is usually generalized as more liberal, or just more accepting, than the preceding generations.
Times columnist Philip Potempa's parents Peggy and Chester were married in 1953 with Peggy's twin sister Patty as the maid of honor and family friend Joe Ruszczyk as best man.
Rev. Benjamin Ross kneels before a statue of Mary in the grotto outside St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Munster, Ind. Ross, 27, is the newest and youngest priest in the Gary Diocese.
Rev. Benjamin Ross outside St. Thomas More Church in Munster, Ind.
HAMMOND | Thousands sang as they walked, skipped and in some cases danced down Hohman Avenue and its sidewalks Saturday afternoon as a Polish Catholic pilgrimage traveled from Chicago's South Side to Munster.
MUNSTER | About 4,000 to 5,000 people will walk through Lake County this weekend as part of the annual Polish Catholic pilgrimage from a South Side Chicago church to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine at the Salvatorian Fathers Monastery in Merrillville.
HOBART | St. Bridget Catholic Church, 568 E. 2nd St., holds its annual festival on Friday and Saturday.
Like many people who meet Pope Francis I, a region priest says he was struck by the pontiff's humanity when the two met last month in Rome.
Pope Francis is the first pontiff to reach into the 13th century and choose the name of a humble Christian called St. Francis of Assisi. How significant for the Catholic Church and for Orthodox and Protestant Christians!
The Rev. Joe Pawlowski, of St. Paul's Catholic Church, blesses Easter baskets filled with food, candy and even liquor Saturday at the Valparaiso church. Pawlowski also added a blessing for the children, their Easter treats, and a blessing for the dinner table.
A few Easter baskets sit on the altar at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Valparaiso before being blessed.
Nearly 100 people were being baptized in the region during late evening services on Holy Saturday, said Debbie Bosak, communications director for the Catholic Diocese of Gary.
There are certainly a lot of religion-related news and holidays this time of year.
The recent announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will take the title “emeritus pope” on his retirement surely has his predecessors rolling over in their graves.
As our cardinals gather to elect our next pope, these are thoughts from a loyal Catholic laywoman:
With the reign of Pope Benedict XVI having ended Thursday, Catholicism is at a crossroads.
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Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28. The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are…
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