Pope Francis Monday met with survivors of clergy sex abuse, celebrated Mass and asked forgiveness "for the sins of omission on part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse." Read the full homily here.
Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, said the people of South Korea are hopeful that Pope Francis' August visit will result in the "greatest miracle" — a return to dialogue for North and South Korea.
Right before the start of the holiday weekend Thursday, the Supreme Court issued an unsigned opinion granting Christian-operated Wheaton College in Illinois temporary relief from the federal contraception merit. Though issued to a nonprofit organization, the judges said the order "should not be construed as an expression of the court's view on the merits" of the case.
The NY Times is facing criticism for running a full-page ad in its pages Thursday by the atheist organization Freedom from Religion Foundation against the Catholic Church in response to the Hobby Lobby decision.
Shaw: Troubling reactions to Hobby Lobby ruling.
Damian Thompson, at the Catholic Herald in the U.K., thinks he knows the Church's best-kept secret.
From the Deacon's Bench: The Church is growing in Georgia.
A village in Haiti is being built in memory of Virginia priest Father Richard Martin.
Also from Pope Francis's weekend: Sunday Angelus. message to Lampedusa, visit to prisoners, talk to young people, homily to many facing unemployment.
Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV.