NCR Today: Cardinal DiNardo to meet Trump? Capital punishment under seige in Ohio, Arkansas; Texas and abortion; Sexual abuse in Belgium; Vermont church to hold synod.
The special delegate appointed to be Pope Francis' spokesman to the Knights of Malta has reportedly ordered the group's former leader not to participate in the election of his successor, which will be held in Rome at the end of the month.
Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who was appointed to his role in February following weeks of tension between the Vatican and the historic chivalric order, told former Grand Master Matthew Festing that his presence would "reopen wounds ... and would prevent the event from taking place in an atmosphere of peace."
NCR Today: Rev. Charles Booker is committed to having Bethesda Presbyterian Church, where he is pastor, be a sanctuary to immigrants and refugees fearing deportation.
NCR Today: Descendants of the 272 people sold by the Jesuits in 1838 were at the liturgy, which was followed by the dedication of newly renamed campus buildings.
NCR Today: What is it about Pope Francis that is making him a more and more controversial figure?
NCR Today: Pope to visit Egypt; Renewal of inner space; Supreme Court tackles religious rights; Franciscan house like a mini-UN
On Good Friday, a stretch of driveway at St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, Md., is transformed into an elaborate and colorful expression of faith that has roots in Guatemala’s western highlands.
The intricate designs of the alfombra, Spanish for ‘carpet,’ are the work of the Guatemalan community in this richly diverse parish. The group begins planning and designing in early January. The final product, a long stretch of panels depicting sacred images and made primarily of colored sawdust and white sand, is a community venture.
NCR Today: I'm about to wade into one of the most controversial liturgical issues in America. … I like liturgical dance.
College roundup: Duquesne introduces new minor; St. Bonaventure ups Earth Day to Earth Month; Marian expands science center; donations aid Quincy's financial recovery.
From my standpoint, I'm glad that I absorbed as much original sin theology before being swept up in the human potential movement that made us and Jesus into unalloyed positivity. It helps at times like this when the sharp edges of personal and national life protrude so ominously.