This year, Nov. 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Sunday. The solemnity supersedes the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time and offers Lectionary readings unique to its themes. All the readings focus on our status as "children of God" (second reading) called into loving and eternal relationship with God and with all those who belong to God.
Preview: In 1917, an Army sergeant major made a deal with God, with St. Colman as the intercessor.
Preview: Some see sainthood in the larger-than-life spirit of Franciscan Fr. Mychal Judge, who died giving last rites to a firefighter in the north tower of the World Trade Center.
NCR Today: The synod is history. The takeaway is the bishops have answered the famously inclusionary kindness implicit in Francis' "who am I to judge" by answering that they will.
Reader's Retrospective: In 1964, Margaret Gonda Matesich, 54, enrolled in an extension program affiliated with Ohio State University the same year she began subscribing to the fledgling National Catholic Reporter.
Young Voices: As the numbers of U.S. women religious continue to decline, the handing on of charism is emerging as a central concern.
Reader's Retrospective: Raised in Chicago by Irish-immigrant parents, Sr. Patricia Lowery joined the Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries due to its focus on Scripture, the liturgy and global healing.
A small c catholic: Family is not the most important or even primary mechanism God uses to bring people into God's larger family. That's a role for the church.
Reader's Retrospective: A former priest now married to his "other true love," Susan, credits a teacher in St. Paul, Minn., for sparking his interest in independent Catholic journalism.
Reader's Retrospective: In the first edition of NCRonline.org's new blog series, author Julie Gunter explains how a year of telling readers' stories became an unexpected personal journey.