The Field Hospital is NCR's reporting on parish life in the United States.
"I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal the wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful. It needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle.
"It is useless to ask a seriously wounded person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else." - Pope Francis
"The image of the church as a field hospital points to the reality that the church is never remote from human experience, never self-referential if it is to be faithful to its mission. Rather the church must always be enmeshed in the real lives and sufferings and challenges and joys of the people of God and the whole of humanity." - San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy
The Field Hospital: Scammers have taken aim at parishioners in the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi. Most parishes impacted sent emails and posted warnings about the scams to social media, but it is hard to tell how many people may have responded before the warnings went out.
The Field Hospital: Church across street from campus shooting holds prayer service; award honors priest co-founder of Catholic hospice facility for HIV-AIDS patients in 1985; Michigan parish fixes a bicycle for a homeless guest.