We say: Humanae Vitae has been a serious impediment to Catholic authority. It has created a disabling chasm between the hierarchy and the faithful.
Faith and Justice: The mystery of evil is beyond my comprehension. I have concluded that Jesus came not to explain suffering but to weep and suffer with us.
Grace on the Margins: Our zeal for Pope Francis should not blind us to the connections between Catholic doctrine and the suffering of the poor.
Manila: After waiting overnight in the street for papal Mass, Jennifer Roman says "It's worth the wait. It's like a fiesta!"
Philippines: One organization is helping communities work together on the issues of climate and housing rights.
NCR Today: Though it might disconcert some, for Francis and the church addressing global climate change is clearly a religious issue.
During a meeting with families, the pope praised his predecessor Paul VI, who wrote Humane Vitae and "had the strength to defend openness to life."
NCR Today: Filipinos came in droves to line streets of Manila, where Pope Francis' motorcade breezed from the airport to the nunciature.
My NCR colleague Joshua J. McElwee reported this morning that during the plane trip from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans on declaring Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-1784) a saint in September. Serra, a Spanish Franciscan priest and missionary, created 21 missions throughout California.
Pope Francis also addressed climate change, interreligious dialogue, and his safety aboard the papal plane to Manila, the Philippines.