NCR Today: God is only able to exercise mercy towards us when we open our hearts and exercise mercy towards others, most especially the poor, Pope Francis said.
Analysis: There are at least three additional concrete effects of the potentially historic opening of exploring the ordination of women deacons.
NCR Editorial: The Vatican accountants appear to be doing a better job managing the Holy See's finances, but we need to start seeing results: prosecutions, convictions and confiscations.
Pope Francis will visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex during a three-day visit to the country in June, a move that may strain the Vatican's diplomatic relations with Turkey.
NCR Today: The Vatican's chief spokesman sought to downplay expectations that Pope Francis will allow women to serve as deacons in the global Catholic church.
Laypeople are called to be a bridge between the church and the world, particularly in matters of finance, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' commission to study the possibility of women deacons shows how he wants discernment to be the process by which the church makes decisions.
NCR Today: I was pleasantly surprised -- stunned -- today to hear that Pope Francis has opened a door on women's roles in the church.
Vatican commission on women deacons: Read full text of the questions asked by the women religious, originally spoken in Italian and translated into English by NCR.