The Mexican bishops' conference and the Vatican have confirmed Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved issues such as violence, crime and corruption.
Preview: The Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul work closely with the numerous ethnic groups in the Daklak province of central Vietnam.
Church leaders in the southern Philippines said the killings of tribal leaders and the harassment suffered by indigenous peoples in Mindanao are related to mining operations in the area.
NCR Today: Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, Jean-Clément Jeanbart, was invited by NCR to share his reaction to Pope Francis' U.N. speech on Sept. 25.
NCR Today: The Catholic Near East Welfare Association is partnering with the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Family to provide much-needed help for some 6,000 families in Syria.
In recent decades, those looking into the Catholic world have been conditioned to think that the only really important papal statements are those having to do with sexual ethics. All other teachings came wrapped in endless possibilities for "prudential judgment," an inflated way of saying that other matters -- war, poverty, exploitation of the poor and of the Earth -- were of secondary importance and easily negotiated away.
Interview: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle sat down with NCR a day after Pope Francis gave his powerful speech to the United Nations.
As a person of faith, a mother, and a grandmother, I am deeply moved by Pope Francis’ recent teachings on climate change — to reflect and above all to act.
Beyond Francis' address, the agenda for the U.N. is loaded. Sustainable Development Goals are first on the docket, set for adoption following the pope's speech.
Viewpoint: The United Nations' sustainable development goals seek to moderate rather than transform the economic development model that has caused potentially catastrophic environmental harm.