NCR Today: Belgium's representative to the family synod has asked that prelates be given the "space and responsibility" to respond to the pastoral needs of those in their care.
A synod prelate has expressed concern that church leaders discussing family life issues may be limited in their understanding of those issues because of their celibate lifestyles.
Analysis: The papal mis-messaging of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, raises some key questions.
Pope Francis visits Cuba Sept. 19-22. He will meet President Raúl Castro, travel to three cities, and celebrate public Masses at Havana’s Revolution Square and El Cobre’s Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint.
Analysis: September and October will be defining months for the Francis pontificate, especially for those following from the United States.
In two new radio interviews Pope Francis speaks movingly about his own death, and his hopes for the Synod and the Jubilee year of mercy.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has outlined a vision for an alternative, more ethically concerned market-capitalist system, just days before his first visit to the overwhelmingly market-friendly United States.
Pope Francis has made an extraordinary appeal for every European Catholic community to house a refugee family. Christian hope, he said, is "combative" and requires action.
Francis is widely expanding indulgences for the Jubilee year of mercy, allowing all priests to absolve abortion and the schismatic traditionalist group to hear confessions.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has strongly criticized Catholics who brag that they are perfect followers of church teachings but then criticize or speak ill of others in their faith communities.