Francis was part of a service which saw poignant reflections from Jewish and Muslim leaders, a prayer of remembrance from the pope, and Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim meditations.
Young Voices: Given what Pope Francis says, when will we as church be willing to honor the faith of women throughout the world to lead?
NCR Today: While the church promotes evangelization to cure the decline in the number of Catholics, studies argue that demography is destiny, at least most of the time.
Over the past year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan unleashed a series of parish consolidations, closings and mergers, affecting a sizeable chunk of the Archdiocese of New York's 368 parishes.
After appearing at a women's ordination conference, Fr. Jack McClure was told he can't celebrate mass at the parish where he has been pastor for the past 15 months.
If the church ended gender discrimination and proclaimed the equality of all human beings loud and clear, it would send a message to the world that would reverberate across oceans.
NCR Today: A letter to Francis asks for an official apology for the church's "acts of racial injustice ... that have stained our history from the founding of our country."
On the day of Pope Francis' first morning greeting to the American public, Hispanic Catholics from miles around will flood into downtown Washington churches for 6:30 a.m. mass.
Commentary: The synod on the family should begin with a proclamation of the Good News to the poor, with God’s simple invitation repeated again to everyone -- come and eat.
Organizers and delegates to the third international women’s ordination conference, finishing a three-day conference here, said they were leaving with a renewed energy and purpose.