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.
ROME -- Pope Francis called abuse of children a "tragedy," saying the church cannot tolerate the matter and "must severely punish the abusers."
NCR Today: Christians must get involved and help, Pope Francis urged in his weekly general audience April 27.
Eco Catholic: Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a popular park in Rome Sunday for an event marking Earth Day.