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
A new, local ID system in Baltimore is "focused on helping residents to feel comfortable interacting with the Baltimore City Police Department," according to organizers, who announced the program Oct. 10, to start in Sacred Heart of Jesus-Sagrado Corazón de Jesús parish.
The Field Hospital: Catholics in Pittsburgh show up at shul; recording moms reading to their children from far away; what Knights of Columbus councils do on local levels; 75 nun dolls brighten up Archdiocese of Atlanta's Office of Archives and Records
The Field Hospital: The Catholic Deaf Community of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, formed 60 years ago and recently energized with Masses in sign language each Sunday, a website, social media and a youth group.