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Will Newsome was 8 years old when he decided he wanted to go to college. He was already witnessing the negative choices older kids were making in his impoverished neighborhood and he wanted a way out.
NCR Today: Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., announced Dec. 8 that the Oakland Diocese's observance of the Year of Mercy will include outreach to girls who are victims of sex trafficking.
NCR Today: A letter to Francis asks for an official apology for the church's "acts of racial injustice ... that have stained our history from the founding of our country."
In mid-June, Fr. Aidan McAleenan, pastor of St. Columba Parish faced challenges unlike any he'd experienced in his 10 years as a priest.