The pope will seek to bring hope to a country suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits Feb. 12-17.
Faith and Justice: I have some sympathy with what conservatives are experiencing today because I went through a similar experience in the late 1960s.
NCR Today: In truth, the church changed more in the 50 years since Vatican II than in the first 2,000 years -- just like everything else in the world.
Pope Francis is shunning the expansive papal summer palace in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, for the third time since 2013.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' training as a scientist and his life experience helps explain his approach to the environment in Laudato Si'.
Helping to inaugurate an exhibit at the Vatican, the chief rabbi of Rome noted just how much "times have changed."
"Seeing in St. Peter's Square the banner announcing the exhibit with an image of a pope -- that's normal -- but a pope shaking hands with a rabbi? That's not normal. It's a sign of how times have changed," Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said.
The banner shows the late St. John Paul II and the late Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff greeting each other in 1986 at Rome's main synagogue. John Paul was the first pope in modern history to enter a synagogue.
When the Vatican publishes its annual report detailing its activities , the 1,400-page volume is filled with references to the everyday and the exceptional.
Cardinal William Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died Thursday at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years -- the longest such tenure in U.S. church history.
Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the election of the first Latin American pope, and he made history himself.
Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.
A Roman Observer: The Vatican published its annual financial statement last week, but it is not at all transparent or detailed and probably not completely accurate.