Buenos Aries, Argentina -- The former archbishop once known for never smiling is, to those from the villa, the same man he's always been.
A proposal to loosen the ties of the bitterly divided Anglican Communion drew mostly favorable reactions in Britain, while African prelates said they needed time to study the matter.
More than 81 million U.S. adults identify themselves as Catholic.
But how they live that identity — how they connect to the church beyond celebrating the popular Pope Francis — adds up very differently.
The overall Catholic count plunges to 68.1 million in the 2015 Official Catholic Directory. It tallies up reports from the nation’s parishes of adults — and children — who have attended worship, received sacraments, joined a youth group or donated money.
Catholicism is flourishing again in the former Spanish colony, gradually expanding its role and influence after suffering repression for decades following Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.
Though today's university students were not even born when Nostra Aetate, the Vatican Council statement on interreligious relations, was promulgated 50 years ago, they are affected by its contents.
Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Life in the slums is a far cry from the picturesque backdrop of Buenos Aires, but it's that family life that Francis knows best and those people who touched him most. 1st of 3 Parts.
Simply Spirit: When Francis comes to the U.S., hopefully he will listen to faithful Catholics in New York and Philadelphia fighting to save parishes that provide hope and stability.
If you have watched reruns of the TV series "M*A*S*H," you might remember the scenes where the medical staff performs triage each time a helicopter arrives with more wounded from the Korean War. After they do a quick visual evaluation, the staff assesses each patient's physical condition and assigns their treatment to the medical professional best suited to help them.
Some 500 Catholic activists from around the globe will converge on Philadelphia for a conference to press for women's rights in the church -- one week before Pope Francis arrives.
NCR Today: The Catholic faith was on rich display Sept. 10 on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."