Efforts to protect men, women and children suffering religious persecution and to promote respect for religious freedom globally is "a top priority for the United States," said Knox Thames.
Sr. Carmen Sammut said that in many places of the world Catholic sisters are "already doing quite a bit of what a deacon should be doing"
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis has condemned employers who exploit their workers by offering only temporary contracts or not providing health insurance.
NCR Today: God is only able to exercise mercy towards us when we open our hearts and exercise mercy towards others, most especially the poor, Pope Francis said.
NCR Today: The Vatican's chief spokesman sought to downplay expectations that Pope Francis will allow women to serve as deacons in the global Catholic church.
UISG Plenary: Sr. Mary Sujita told about 900 women religious May 10 that they can no longer "reduce [their] mission to some traditional ministries and good charitable deeds."
GSR Preview: Catholic women religious leaders were warned against accepting an "entitlement creep" that numbs them from confronting poverty and environmental destruction.
A Catholic priest abducted in Yemen in a deadly attack on a nursing home is reportedly alive and could soon be released, contradicting reports he was crucified on Good Friday.
NCR Today: Pope Francis reiterated Wednesday that the Catholic church can never consider someone irrevocably separated from its global community.
Paying workers a just wage has been "one of the most consistent and central themes of Catholic social teaching" for more than a century, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.