Aleja Hertzler-McCain is NCR's Bertelsen Editorial Fellow, based in Mount Rainer, Maryland.

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Disabled Catholics praise pope's example in publicly using a wheelchair

"There's a lot of power in seeing people who look like you, and to know that you can be a leader in the church, and you can be an integral part of the church," said Erin Murphy, a lifelong wheelchair user.

New abortion restrictions threaten immunocompromised patients' access to lifesaving drug

Patients, doctors and pharmacists navigate new ethical and legal concerns as the June 24 Supreme Court ruling that overturned the right to abortion reveals nuanced questions about medication and medical treatments.

Pax Christi celebrates 50 years of Catholic witness against the 'war machine'

Pax Christi USA, a branch of the international Catholic peace movement, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a conference Aug. 5-7 just outside Washington.

Bishop Gumbleton reflects on past, future of Pax Christi USA

Retired Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has been a member of Pax Christi USA since the national Catholic peace movement's founding in 1972. As Pax Christi nears its 50th anniversary, he spoke to NCR about its impact.