Simply Spirit: The third week of January (January 18-25) is devoted to prayers for Christian unity. Not long ago, I found myself longing for the day of Eucharistic table sharing.
Now you have your own, real Popemobile. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is coordinating with the Philadelphia Auto Show to auction off one Fiat 500Ls that shuttled Pope Francis in September.
The 51st International Eucharistic Congress takes place in Cebu, Philippines starting Jan. 24. The weeklong congress will take place where Catholicism took root in the Philippines nearly 500 years ago.
Dana Mentgen donned six layers of clothing and made the trek downtown to Chicago's Federal Plaza Jan. 17 because he felt it was important to witness for life against the "culture of death."
"I think the majority of people are pro-life. It's just that we've been silent too long. We have to speak out," said Mentgen, a parishioner at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek.
Nebraska's three Catholic bishops asked school officials and parents to reverse action by the Nebraska School Activities Association's board on transgender participation in high school sports and other activities.
We know legend has it that after Pentecost, Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived out her days with John the Evangelist. We also know that when a Gospel story has lots of detail, scholars suggest that it has its source in personal witnesses. Those two facts invite us to imagine John, the theologian, telling Mary, the practical mother, how he wanted to narrate the story of the wedding at Cana.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on Catholics to participate in a new "9 Days for Life" campaign launched by the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
Catholics and Lutherans made another step toward joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 by issuing common liturgical guidelines for ecumenical services to mark the occasion.
The Anglican Communion voted to censure its American branch, the Episcopal Church USA. The Episcopal Church USA is banned from voting and decision-making for a period of three years.
NCR Today: The author has been working on a sorrowful project, interviewing mothers of children killed in St. Louis. A lunch lifts her spirits and provides insight on happiness.