Catholic Church in China: No matter what the motivation or how seriously threatened one may believe the Catholic Church in China is, the ordination of bishops without a mandate from the pope is a serious violation of church law, the Vatican said.
Vatican issues statement about continued discussions between the Vatican and Vietnam.
Take and Read: The synod document 'Justice in the World' described the world I had experienced but couldn't name – and it admitted the church’s own need for conversion.
Faith and Justice: Now that the synod process has moved to the local level, will the bishops emulate Francis and encourage open discussion in their dioceses?
Faith and Justice: The synod process has been in place since Pope Paul VI's papacy, but the synod on the family has some aspects that are uniquely Pope Francis.
The International Theological Commission is composed of theologians from all over the world who advise the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A new group of theologians has been appointed to the commission, including five women.
Faith and Justice: Defenders of church governance say the church can learn nothing from civil governments. But the church has borrowed government structures since the beginning.
Faith and Justice: The work of reforming the Roman Curia is not easy, but it is going well, two members of the Council of Cardinals say.
NCR Today: Pope Francis' trip to the Holy Land was a smashing success as he showed the world that religion can be a force for peace and reconciliation.
Last week on "Interfaith Voices," I interviewed Francis Rooney, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican from 2005 to 2008 under President George W. Bush. Rooney has written a book called The Global Vatican, which provides an interesting history of relations between the U.S. and the Vatican since the founding of the United States.