Explainer

Pope Francis, seen here at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on June 28, has announced two significant reforms in recent weeks by releasing statements motu proprio. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Explainer
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 21, 2017
When a pope issues a document “motu proprio,” it means he does so by his own motivation, and it can mean a significant change to church law.
Rosa Martinez, an immigration activist and a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, takes part in a rally Sept. 12 in Washington urging Congress to pass the DREAM Act. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)
Politics & Society Explainer
Angelo Jesus CantaSeptember 14, 2017
From calling legislators to organizing parish activities, you can mobilize on behalf of vulnerable undocumented youths.
Faith Explainer
Colleen DulleSeptember 08, 2017
September 8 is the traditional feast day for St. Peter Claver, the "apostle to the slaves" and patron saint of Colombia; he is also often recognized as the patron saint of Catholic ministry to African-Americans in the United States. What do we know about St. Peter Claver?
Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates Mass with about 50 cardinals in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican June 27. The Mass marked the pope's 25th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith Explainer
John F. BaldovinAugust 28, 2017
With his speech last week, Pope Francis has definitively and unequivocally put his weight behind a liturgical movement.
Faith Explainer
Emma Winters July 11, 2017
Odds are, if your parish provides a “gluten-free” host, it is actually just using a low-gluten host.
Faith Explainer
Teresa DonnellanMay 12, 2017
Despite recent criticism, the Girl Scouts boasts of its relationship with the Catholic Church on its website.