Pope Francis visits Cuba Sept. 19-22. He will meet President Raúl Castro, travel to three cities, and celebrate public Masses at Havana’s Revolution Square and El Cobre’s Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint.
Analysis: September and October will be defining months for the Francis pontificate, especially for those following from the United States.
In two new radio interviews Pope Francis speaks movingly about his own death, and his hopes for the Synod and the Jubilee year of mercy.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has outlined a vision for an alternative, more ethically concerned market-capitalist system, just days before his first visit to the overwhelmingly market-friendly United States.
Pope Francis has made an extraordinary appeal for every European Catholic community to house a refugee family. Christian hope, he said, is "combative" and requires action.
Francis is widely expanding indulgences for the Jubilee year of mercy, allowing all priests to absolve abortion and the schismatic traditionalist group to hear confessions.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has strongly criticized Catholics who brag that they are perfect followers of church teachings but then criticize or speak ill of others in their faith communities.
UPDATE: Initial results from the autopsy of the body of disgraced papal ambassador Wesolowski indicate he died of a "cardiac event," the Vatican said Saturday.
NCR Today: Pope Francis is expected to open the second global meeting on family life by celebrating Mass. The day's Gospel reading? Jesus' seemingly clear denunciation of divorce.
The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, who was excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago.