Faith and Justice: A routine agenda item during the 2016 USCCB fall meeting turned out to be one of the most emotionally charged.
In an interview with NCR, Bishop Maurice Piat of Port-Louis, Mauritius, says 'Amoris Laetitia' gives bishops new work to do in accompanying the divorced and remarried.
NCR Book Club: Most people know the life story of Francis of Assisi, mystic, miracle worker, founder of the Franciscans and saint. At least, they think they know his story.
Electing a president and vice president from regions with high immigrant populations, the U.S. bishops' conference could be seen to be doubling down on the pledge to stand with immigrants and refugees.
The official theme for the Catholic Volunteer Network's National Conference on Faith-Based Service was "Justice Matters: Bringing Good News to Light." Unofficially, the theme morphed into post-election healing.
Eco Catholic: The Farm gathers 600 volunteer workers each year and harvests 12,000 pounds of produce, which is distributed nearby to local food banks or at a reduced cost.
Hate crimes against Muslim Americans have increased to a level unseen since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. According to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes in 2015 against American Muslims were up 78 percent since the previous year.
Though it is often difficult to avoid the rhetoric surrounding Islam, some Muslim students have found an unexpected haven in Catholic universities and colleges.
Archbishop Pierre: "We know that youth are critical to the life of the church. ... We must go out to them."
Archbishop Kurtz: "We bishops and all who serve the Lord need also to open our hearts to the joy that others will give to us. Joy and love are not only to be given but also to be received."
As a church that seeks to reach out to vulnerable and marginalized people, we must consider the environment we want to create for those struggling with gender identity.