Nigel Baker, the UK Ambassador to the Holy See, blogs from his government's Foreign Office website.
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From Where I Stand: The church could use this opportunity to do a little demystifying to better connect with the 21st-century world.
With a lecture titled “Priesthood of the Faithful: Light in the Darkness,” former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Dominican Sr. Mary Hughes spoke about what it means today, after the Second Vatican Council, for a Catholic to fulfill his or her baptismal call.
Hughes spoke Thursday at the Dudleian Lecture at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. The talk was also live-streamed, and it was to be available soon on the divinity school’s website.
With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow Rome time his pontificate comes to an end, Roman curial heads resign, and the Vatican shuts down.
We all become adults again, at least until we have a new “Holy Father.”
But that’s not all. The old guard, those Vatican prelates who colluded to force an outrageous investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and who ordered LCWR into a receivership until it mends its ways, are out.
They will have no authority to continue their work, pending a new dictate by a new pope.
In Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, ex-convict Jean Valjean in France fulfills his second chance with help from a bishop. Some female ex-offenders in New York today get a second chance because of an organization founded by women religious.
St. Joseph Sr. Teresa Fitzgerald is the executive director of Hour Children, a New York not-for-profit organization that helps mothers released from prison get their lives in order. It provides services inside and outside of prisons, such as housing, employment training, mentoring and day care.
Analysis: The insult of the investigation of American nuns, which came in the middle of Benedict's reign, appears to have backfired.
NCR Today: The president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said the new pope should work with the sisters "to support our mission."
Boston’s Paulist Center Community has given its signature annual award to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents the majority of U.S. Catholic sisters, in recognition of the social justice work of sisters across the country.
LCWR’s president, Franciscan Sr. Florence Deacon, accepted the 2013 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice at a ceremony at the Center Jan. 26.
In August, theologians, some of them women religious, from across Africa gathered in Kenya's capital to talk about ethical issues.
For those who read movie reviews in the printed or electronic pages of NCR, you'll recognize the name Sr. Rose Pacatte. But who is this Daughter of St. Paul and director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles?
If you want to find out, click here to read about Sr. Rose and film on the The New York Times website.