Saturday, When Pope Francis conferred the red hat on Blase Cupich, Kevin Farrell and Joe Tobin, he inaugurated a new day for the church in the United States.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
New Cardinals: Francis places a high value on personal encounters with individuals, looking for fidelity and humility in the men he selects for a red hat.
Distinctly Catholic: While reading Mathew Schmalz's book, one catches glimpses of spiritual insight which reveal the way mercy is the foundation of any authentic Christian spirituality.
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."