Morning Briefing

 |  NCR Today

This date in history: March 13, 2013. The College of Cardinals elects Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the next pope. Bergoglio takes the name Francis, thus beginning a historic year for the papacy. 

Here are some of the many stories written about Pope Francis on his first anniversary: The New York Times on challenges facing the pope; E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post on Francis’ commitment to the poor; The Boston Globe on the reaction of cardinals; a Chicago Tribune blog on managing expectations; 10 best quotes from the London Free Press; The Associated Press on Francis’ actions during Argentina’s Dirty War; Reuters on changes to the Curia’s secretary of state role. And, an analysis of Pope Francis’ first year by biographer Paul Vallely in The Guardian

In the meantime, the watchdog group is questioning Bergoglio’s response to the priest sex abuse crisis in Argentina. 

And, no charges will be filed against Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Haiti’s first cardinal, Chibly Langlois, celebrates Mass for thousands.

Don't miss a thing! Get NCR's free newsletter.

A Lutheran ministry in St. Louis reaches out to local Jews

U.N.’s secretary general criticizes Iran for its human rights record.

“Homeless Jesus” sculpture draws interest in South Carolina town.

On our calendar: The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress begins today.



Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg


NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.



NCR Email Alerts


In This Issue

July 14-27, 2017