NCR Today: Last week, an Israeli court decision brought the Cremisan Valley into the news, along with an unexpected champion, retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah.
When Catholic bishops arrive in Rome this October to debate “the vocation and mission of the family,” most will have carefully diagnosed the situation in their own dioceses.
That task may well have proved hardest in Europe, where traditional notions of family life are being widely challenged. Yet while some Catholics think the church is losing ground in consequence, others are more optimistic.
Interview: Fr. Peter C. Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, was interviewed for IHU On-Line, a publication of the Humanitas Institute Unisino.
Catholic aid agencies have urged Europeans not to turn against migrants seeking refuge other countries, in what reports are calling Europe's greatest refugee movement since World War II.
As Catholics joined others in protesting Israel's extension of its security wall, further dividing Palestinians and Israelis, Pope Francis gave Israeli President Reuven Rivlin a tangible sign of his hopes for peace.
Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, encourages young students whenever he can — whether they are entering the field of medicine or not — to work for social change.
The Catholic Church in India supported some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike that shut down factories, banks, traffic and government offices across India Sept. 2.
NCR Today: The Vatican has told Cardinal John Tong Hon he cannot participate in the Synod of Bishops because he is one year past the normal retirement age of bishops.
NCR Today: The Vatican's ambassador to Kenya and South Sudan has revealed details of Pope Francis' expected November visit to three African countries.
The Vatican says a letter from Pope Francis to a lesbian author, whose books are banned in Italy, that included a blessing of her work and relationship, is being misinterpreted.