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The 31st annual meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium will take place Oct. 7-9 at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame to host 31st Annual Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Oct 3, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Oct. 7, the University of Notre Dame will begin to host the 31st annual Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS)... Read more

Armonté Snodgrass, freshman at Louisville's Saint Xavier High School, who received the 2021 Rodriq McCravy Scholarship award at the 34th annual African American Catholic Leadership Awards banquet

Catholic schools have ‘mighty role’ for Black Catholic leaders, Louisville archbishop says

Aug 25, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Louisville archdiocese has made steady progress in enrolling more African-Americans in Catholic schools, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of... Read more

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis

Minneapolis archbishop prays for peace following sentencing of Derek Chauvin

Jun 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis prayed for peace and called for racial reconciliation on Friday to the sentencing of Derek... Read more

Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa.

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

Jun 1, 2021

By Eastern Oklahoma Catholic

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

Jun 1, 2021

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’

May 23, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

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

May 5, 2021

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

Apr 20, 2021

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

Mar 30, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Mar 8, 2021

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

Sep 10, 2020

By Perry West

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

Jul 4, 2020

By Adelaide Mena

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

Apr 4, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Sep 25, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

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

Sep 18, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

Jul 14, 2017

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

Feb 25, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

Jan 16, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Jan 5, 2017

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

Nov 15, 2016

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