The Field Hospital: RENEW International programs start to have impact; several parish closings and consolidations; helping families afford First Communion outfits their children need.
NCR Today: In a church environment where women ask repeatedly for more leadership roles, look for ways to make sure the coming generation feels connected to the church at all.
At the Intersection: I grieve as hard as I love. I've discovered this not from my behavior at funerals, but through the absence of reciprocity.
The Field Hospital: Students sending handmade cards to inmates; British Columbia parish welcomes refugees; Fort Worth diocese's efforts to enhance ministry to disabled population.
The Field Hospital: There's hope for Catholics seeking newly-ordained priests galvanized by Pope Francis. It just might take a while, says Franciscan Sr. Katarina Schuth.
Simply Spirit: Amoris Laetitia is not an afterthought, but it fails to incorporate the experiences of LGBT Catholics who also live holy and committed family lives.
The Field Hospital: Bishop’s lobbying letters inserted into bulletins; Rochester parishes' children participate in Mass; Ind. bingo volunteers allegedly pocketed proceeds.
Eco Catholic: In two years, the small school cut lunchtime waste nearly in half by encouraging reusable containers and economical eating habits.
The Peace Pulpit: "Each of us can do as Jesus did -- go to others wherever we can and bring that message of peace, reconciliation and love."
Praise for Amoris Laetitia. Archbishop Cupich calls papal document "crisp and fresh, making the text easily accessible.”