Leaven Articles

The Leaven is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. It is the successor to the Eastern Kansas Register, which was first launched in 1939. The

Is NFP just “Catholic Contraception”?

Each year on July 25th we celebrate the anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter Humanae Vitae. Yes, I said celebrate. Contrary to popular belief, the Church wishes to celebrate the encyclical that affirms

The long-term health of our society depends on strong marriages

by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

In late September, I attended a gathering of the FOCUS alumni living in the Kansas City metro area.

FOCUS is an acronym for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the Gospel of Jesus with college and university students, equipping them for a lifetime of Christ- centered evangelization, discipleship and friendship.

Synodality is listening to the Lord speak through one another

By Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

This past Sunday (Oct. 10), Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the beginning of the preparations for a Synod of Bishops on Synodality scheduled to be held in October 2023.

The actual title for the synod is: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” Every bishop in the world has been asked to kick off the synodal process in his diocese this Sunday, Oct. 17. 

2021 Respect for Life Month Statement

Statement of Respect for Life Month from Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities The month of October brings with it our annual

Archbishop Naumann on Covid Vaccine Mandates

With so many others, I pray for an end to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I also pray that in combatting this epidemic, we do not create an additional victim, the rights of conscience.

Archbishop Naumann on USCCB Conference

Since there has been much controversy in both the religious and secular press regarding the June Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I wanted to share with

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