"I am ashamed, frankly, of my church's failure to be a champion of gay rights and women's rights," former Irish President Mary McAleese has said.
Preview: Catholic sisters in Guatemala care for some of the country's poorest citizens, especially children, in lieu of a government hobbled in political turmoil, strict adoption laws and budget constraints.
NCR Today: "The church’s outer form can be changed," Cardinal Reinhard Marx said. "For some people that sounds ominous but I don’t feel in any way threatened by that."
Making A Difference: Representatives should heed the critical warnings from Pope Francis as they convene later this month to discuss how to best address the climate-changing dangers facing the earth.
12 Irish priests warned that the current "strict prohibition" on discussing the question of women's ordination has failed to silence the majority of the Catholic faithful.
Comboni Fr. Moses Otii Alir recounts recent violence around Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bangui where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Nov. 29-30.
Preview: Franciscan Sr. Mary Francis Wangare, director of the Office of Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Franciscan Africa, recently coordinated an interfaith environment conference for youth in Kenya.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops hold their annual meeting Nov. 16-19, and it's time they issued a blockbuster statement on climate change.
Independent peace initiatives by Israelis, Palestinians, Americans, Jews, Christians and Muslims cooperate across ethnic, religious and national lines in opposing the the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Climate change and the refugee crisis are the two biggest challenges facing Europe that need a unified response recognizing the “ecological debt” richer nations owe poorer ones, the president of Europe’s Roman Catholic bishops conference said on Thursday.
“We need solidarity,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising, who also heads the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community. “The church can speak out and say it’s absolutely necessary to act now in solidarity, especially in Europe.”