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Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa.

Reflections on the role of the Cathedral during the Tulsa Race Massacre and today

At the end of May, our local community will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Sparked by... Read more

Rubble of houses in Greenwood, Tulsa, after the 1921 race massacre.

Tulsa diocese mourns 100th anniversary of racial massacre

The Bishop of Tulsa commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa racial massacre last week, in an ecumenical vespers service... Read more

Historic court house and post office in Charleston, South Carolina

As S.C. Catholics challenge state’s Blaine Amendment, scholars argue it was ‘born of bigotry’

Catholics and others challenging South Carolina’s Blaine Amendment are right to argue that the amendment was “born of bigotry and... Read more

Historic court house and post office in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston diocese, Black colleges seek federal injunction to get COVID-19 relief

A 19th-century constitutional amendment in South Carolina is wrongly blocking coronavirus relief money for Catholic schools, an attorney for the... Read more

Minnesota bishops call for prayer and civility before jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty

A jury on Tuesday found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on second degree unintentional murder and manslaughter charges... Read more

Loyola Chicago's 1963 championship basketball team

‘Heroes’ and ‘villains’: The history of Catholic college basketball and race relations

In the history of Catholic college basketball and race, there are both “heroes” and “villains,” said one author of a... Read more

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis  Credit: Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis

Minneapolis archbishop prays for peace as trial of Derek Chauvin begins

The archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis urged peace and prayer before the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces... Read more

Knights of Peter Claver will host webinar to identify solutions to racial inequality

As part of a five part series on social justice, the largest African-American lay Catholic organization will present a web... Read more

A crucifix at the Basilica of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Rebuilt from the ashes: The story of an American basilica

An immigrant parish, burnt down, with only the crucifix remaining. A parish rebuilt, transformed and a key part in giving... Read more

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Public Domain.

MLK’s example means no sitting on the sidelines, Catholic bishops say

Bells will ring out in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of... Read more

Bishop Edward Braxton. Courtesy of The Catholic University of America Communications Office.

How do we heal racial tensions? Start by admitting errors, US bishop says

To address the longstanding racial divide within the United States – and within the Catholic Church in the country –... Read more

Jason Stockley Protests in St. Louis, Missouri.

Archbishop calls for peace amid protests over St Louis verdict

The Archbishop of St. Louis called for prayer and peace after a judge acquitted a former St. Louis police officer... Read more

Black Catholic congress emphasizes unity, action

More than 2,000 participants from across the country gathered in Orlando, Fla. last week for the 12th National Black Catholic... Read more

Cincinnati Catholics hope to give Church a megaphone on racial, social problems

Catholics in Cincinnati are hoping that an upcoming meeting of bishops and leaders will give the local Church a much... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech during the Aug 28 1963 march on Washington DC.

When you think of MLK, don't forget the faith that inspired him

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader... Read more

A prayer vigil in Dallas for the injured and killed policemen in a July 8 attack in Dallas.

Race relations are a Church responsibility, bishops say in call to action

The Catholic Church can be a force for healing race relations, said the U.S. bishops’ task force on racism and... Read more

Amid racial tensions, US bishops search for healing and peace

Race relations, racism, and violence were on the mind of the United States bishops during their fall general assembly in... Read more

The role of Catholics in fighting police aggression

C. Matthew Hawkins stood frozen with fear as the update crackled through the police car radio: the suspect in question... Read more

Police officer on I-85 during protests following the death of a man shot by police in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 21, 2016.

What a Charlotte priest will tell his flock after a fatal police shooting

Father Patrick Winslow is a priest at a Catholic church in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood.    Read more

How Baltimore's Catholics are still working to heal their communities

After the Justice Department issued a scathing rebuke of Baltimore’s policing abuses, local Catholic leaders maintained it must be a... Read more