Pope Francis: Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said during his general audience Dec. 7.
Vatican City: The updated 1985 guidelines insist that candidates for the priesthood learn how to be "shepherds 'with the smell of the sheep,' " and also highlights lessons learned from the sexual abuse scandal.
Women in the Vatican: Women — lay and religious — make up almost 20 percent of the Vatican workforce, and a group of them have formed an association designed as a forum for collaboration, sharing and outreach.
NCR Today: Several thoughts occur to me as I get around to thinking about the challenge four cardinals have posed to Pope Francis' teaching in Amoris Laetitia.
NCR Today: Cardinal Müller says the Vatican will not reply to four cardinals' letter questioning the document. Meanwhile, the Roman Rota dean calls publishing the letter a "slap in the face."
A U.S. missionary priest who was murdered in Guatemala in 1981 became a step closer to being considered a saint in the Catholic church on Friday.
Just Catholic: Four cardinals want to throw the Code of Canon Law at divorced and remarried Catholics, and, apparently, at Pope Francis.
Francis Chronicles: "One who does not ask questions cannot progress either in knowledge or in faith," Francis said.
Distinctly Catholic: The case of the four cardinals challenging the pope to clarify parts of Amoris Laetitia reminds me of an earlier and similarly painful episode.
World Youth Day: The next international gathering will be held in Panama in 2019.