An illustration shows Christopher Columbus standing before the king and queen of Spain, presenting Indians and treasures from the New World in 1493 in Barcelona. (Newscom/World History Archive)
For your Columbus Day raeading, here's a couple of stories from our archvies:
President Trump steps: "We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore." Trump Administration Rolls Back Birth Control Mandate
The changes were hailed by religious groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which said it was "a return to common sense, long-standing federal practice and peaceful coexistence between church and state." But others say the rules appeared "legally suspect."4 Takeaways As HHS Relaxes Rules On Contraception Coverage At Work
At the end of last week, NCR's Joshua McElwee and Michael Sean Winters were busy at a conference on Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love"), Pope Francis' reflection on family and marriage.
- Winters begins a two-part review today: Conference on 'Amoris Laetitia' was dialogical, grounded in reality
- McElwee's last filing is here: Bishops deliberate whether one rule applies to all divorced people after 'Amoris Laetitia'
- Jesuit Fr. James Keenan, the organizer of the event, tells us how it all began and what it means: What I learned from organizing, participating in Boston's 'Amoris Laetitia' event
- All of NCR's reporting is rounded up here.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre is creating an independent compensation program for people who were sexually abused by priests — the latest effort in New York to bring closure to a horrific chapter in modern Catholic church history.
Vatian City -- Rector of Legion-run seminary leaving after fathering 2 kids
Global Sisters Report takes a closer look at the OK Clean Water Project and Water With Blessings, two collaborative projects among women religious. Both empower local leaders to bring drinkable water to the marginalized, giving them the proper tools to be self-reliant.
Sr. Michele Morek says, "It's hard for a New Mexican to imagine rain that lasts all day. It's hard for a person who has never tasted a taco to imagine how good they are." Tacos and umbrellas: Local culture is everything
Are you listening to "In Conversation," the NCR Podcast? (You should be.) Deepening spirituality through yoga and the internet The round up of all NCR podcasts are here: NCR In Conversation
Start your day inspired with daily scripture reflections. Join NCR's sister publication, Celebration, for Daily Bread, a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings.
Or reflect on Pencil Preaching by Pat Marrin. Every morning Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.