NCR Today: "When you are with them in the field you see that all these people are human beings. ... They just need a hand to walk next to them."
Making a Difference. Worldwide the refugee population has swelled to more than 65 million -- four times what it was a decade ago.
A list of names attached to Amoris Laetitia includes professors at diocesan seminaries, a member of a pontifical academy, and the head of the church's ecclesiastical structure in Afghanistan.
NCR Today: When we open our hearts to the chaos that other people are experiencing instead of protecting our space, that opening is an act of mercy.
Hospitals bombed and attacked. Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres demands protection for doctors, nurses, mid-waves and patients.
Rome: "How do you say the truth without wounding mercy? How do you be merciful without omitting the truth?"
Just Catholic: Things were pretty much unchanged for women in 2015. In Afghanistan, a 27-year-old woman was lynched by a superstitious mob. Elsewhere, Catholics argued that women cannot image Christ.
NCR Today: Latest synod coverage; Mass. court rules parishioners holding vigil to stall church closure are "trepassers;" Obama halts troop withdrawal from Afghanistan; Americans' climate change denial hits record low
Austrian and German bishops have given top priority to the migrant crisis and made it a key policy issue.
NCR Today: coverage on family issues; Austrian cardinal calls upon EU bishops to address migrant crisis; Nuns on the Bus; kidnapping in Nigeria; and more.