Reconciliation in Chicago: In 2015, Archbishop Blase Cupich made a special trip to a Chicago juvenile detention center to confirm five young men.
Leaders called on the Catholic church to unambiguously condemn the police killings of young black men; they also addressed criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero will serve as vice director, making her the first female to hold that position.
Latinos make up 60 percent of U.S. Catholics under 30; at National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry's annual conference, participants considered ways to best utilize this commanding presence.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a U.S. bishop, who ministered to California farmworkers and the poor, and recognized the martyrdom of an Italian layman, who died en route to a Nazi death camp after refusing to recite allegiance to Adolf Hitler.
As the U.S. church has shown an increasing presence of Spanish-speaking Catholics, so will the thousands traveling to 2016 edition of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
NCR Today: People come to church to celebrate the Eucharist, not to watch a show or pray their private prayers. They come to pray together.
NCR Today: William L. McSweeney Jr., publisher of NCR from February 1986 through December 1996, died June 28. He was 85.
Redemptorist Fr. Gerry Moloney told NCR "something is rotten in the state of the CDF, and while the current people and processes remain in place, nothing will change."
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Fr. Bill Brisotti, ordained in 1968, knew the Berrigans and Dorothy Day and has spent decades in a parish that has overflowing Masses in Spanish.