The Field Hospital: Study showed Connecticut led the nation with a 10-percent drop in self-identifying Catholics over seven years. NCR asked leaders and scholars why.
Francis Chronicles: "Where there is no tenderness, there is always cruelty. And what is happening today in Syria is cruelty," Francis said.
Approximately 400 participants will convene on Friday for the archdiocese's first synod in almost 50 years, which will focus on evangelization, transformation and innovation.
The Peace Pulpit: Yes, there will be a time of judgment. But there will also be that time if we do the work of Jesus, when the fullness of life will begin to happen for every person on this planet.
NCR Today: Reaching out to Latino and Hispanic Catholics, Pope Francis said varied languages and cultural traditions "have shaped the changing face of the American Church."
Francis Chronicles: "What must we do with bothersome people?" the pope asked. First, look in the mirror and see "if we, too, may sometimes prove to be bothersome to others."
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Distinctly Catholic: At a time when the country desperately needs a strong moral voice, the USCCB is fretting about things that don't matter and tepidly addressing the things that do.
USCCB meeting: The plan sets priorities for evangelization, marriage and family life, human life and dignity, vocations and religious freedom.
The closest parallel in Western contemporary politics to Donald Trump is Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon who served four stints as prime minister of Italy.