Arnold Schwarzenegger greeted Pope Francis with his girlfriend after the Jan. 25 general audience in which the pontiff said that the counsel of courageous women like the biblical heroine Judith contain "the wisdom of God" and should never be "dismissed as ignorant."
Brazilian bishops have requested allowing married priests to resume priestly ministry in an "experimental, preliminary" move to counteract the country's priest shortage "catastrophe," says liberation theologian Boff.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis knows that only with the heart of the Gospel, God's mercy, can the church find new life, and the Jubilee Year got the message out.
Viewpoint: The problem with the Vatican document "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation" is that the language about homosexuality is not nuanced, but sloppy, and thus, dangerous.
While prelates in Speyer and Freiburg see in Amoris Laetitia a path to the sacraments for the divorced, doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller reiterates no exceptions to Catholic marriage's indissolubility.
NCR Today: Cardinal Müller says the Vatican will not reply to four cardinals' letter questioning the document. Meanwhile, the Roman Rota dean calls publishing the letter a "slap in the face."
Pressed on whether women are 'forever' barred from priesthood during in-flight press conference, Francis says, 'The last word is clear,' citing St. John Paul II.
Voices of Faith: Women are leading society as heads of government and CEOs. Why is the church the last frontier?
NCR Today: Bankruptcy in New Mexico, Laudato Si' film festival, Star Wars and spirituality, Malawi prisoners up for Grammy award, Priest suspended for hoverboard
Faith and Justice: The Vatican appears to be responding from the wrong playbook to the leaking of confidential documents. It is acting like a state rather than a church.