NCR Today: Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Feb. 19 that Catholics with well-formed consciences can decide to use contraceptives "in cases of particular emergency."
NCR Today: Pope Francis has appealed to Catholics in positions of power in criminal cases to stop executions at least for the duration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Viewpoint: As happened in the third century, there is a growing gap between theology and experience, only this time the theology is twice removed from life.
NCR Today: Pope Francis' questioning of Donald Trump's Christianity was not a personal attack on the candidate, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi has said.
Faith and Justice: The papal apostolic exhortation in response to the Synod of Bishops on the family is expected to have some reference to the “internal forum” as a solution to the pastoral problems of divorced and remarried Catholics.
Catholic clergy have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to report sexual abuse, said Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, tasked with reforming the Vatican's approach to sexual crimes.
Pope Francis named Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, a Vatican diplomat who has served in the Russian Federation, to represent the Vatican at Geneva-based U.N. agencies and at the World Trade Organization.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' mission includes restoring peace to troubled consciences, broken relationships, hurting families, ideologically divided societies and fractured communities -- especially those within the church.