NCR Today: Pope Francis' letter to all consecrated people for the year of consecrated life is inspiring.
The Field Hospital: Staten Island Parishioners rally behind inclusive pastor; Cleveland parish gets new building; Bronx parishioners go door-to-door with Mass invitations
Editorial: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is quite evidently stuck in a long transition between differing papal priorities and styles.
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori helped distribute 1,000 coats to West Baltimore children. He reflected on the church's presence in the neighborhood that saw the arrest of Freddie Gray Jr.
The Palestinian Authority has asked municipalities to tone down their public Christmas celebrations this year amid escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
Hanna Amireh, who heads a government committee on churches in the West Bank, confirmed the Palestinian Authority is requesting “a certain decrease” in festivities following the deaths of dozens of Palestinians since mid-September. The majority of them were killed during clashes with Israeli forces or carrying out terrorist attacks, according to the Israeli government.
A priest who celebrates Mass every Friday morning on a sidewalk near the Planned Parenthood clinic targeted by a lone gunman said the shooter's actions were the antithesis of the pro-life cause.
The Field Hospital: St. Matthew's Church in Baltimore offers a meeting group that offers peace and solace to LGBT Catholics, while maintaining an official church sanction.
The Field Hospital: Group claims parishes are facilitating 'foreign invasion'; Mass. parishes must pay to fund diocese's central administration; church holds annual Black Saints Celebration; Ohio bingo halls close
Mental health professionals say a tectonic shift is underway in the treatment of mental illness, and faith-based advocates for the mentally ill say the Catholic church is uniquely positioned to aid that shift.
The Field Hospital: Newark priests contacted by NCR indicated that a letter reviewing who is welcome to Communion, sent to pastors from Archbishop John Myers, has had little pastoral impact.