Simply Spirit: As the church seeks creative ways to serve local communities, ministerial equality should be high on the agenda, right alongside access to the Eucharist.
The Olympic host city in Brazil and athletes competing there share the same patron saint. But why?
NCR Today: New Vatican press office head; Brazil archbishop resigns; Anti-Francis brigade; White Christians no longer a majority group; Discovery of Philistine cemetery
Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto took in priests and seminarians, some of whom have been accused of pedophilia. In a letter, Pagotto admitted to "being too trusting."
Eco Catholic: Pope Francis one year ago called for dialogue about the state of "our common home." What's been the impact?
Take and Read: Leonardo Boff's landmark work broadened liberation theology's gaze to include the natural environment.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis is known for preaching the compassion and mercy of God, but he can be pretty tough on priests and bishops.
One bishop reportedly shielded a priest accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old boy, and the other spent $600,000 on renovations to his home and offices.
Cultivated in Brazil as early as 1549, the Candomblé faith is best described as a blend of African traditions and beliefs established as its own religion. Nearly 465 years after its founding, Candomblé remains an integral part of Brazilian culture.
Despite having little in common with Roman Catholicism, Candomblé has, for centuries, been successfully fused in the faith lives of many of the country's Catholics.
Though entirely of African descent, Candomblé exists only in Brazil -- primarily in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and the country's northeast coast.
Four survivors of abuse will make an unscheduled visit to Rome on Sunday, hoping to encounter Pope Francis at home.