Angela Polite's "passion play" incorporates narrative, monologues, music and dance, culminating in a final scene that ties all grieving black mothers to Holy Mary.
Faith and Justice: The early Christians saw in Jesus the fulfillment of the hopes and promises of Isaiah. What they gradually realized was that they are now the body of Christ in the world.
The Peace Pulpit: "I hope that as we spend this final week of preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus, that we dwell for a while on Joseph."
Feast of the Immaculate Conception: In the late afternoon of Dec. 8, Pope Francis made his traditional visit to a statue of Mary erected in the center of Rome, near the Spanish Steps, to celebrate the official church recognition that Mary was conceived without sin. Thousands of Romans and tourists crowded around the statue where people had been laying flowers all day. Early Dec. 8, Rome firefighters with a truck and ladder hung a wreath of white flowers from the outstretched arms of the statue.
Distinctly Catholic: The faux-War on Christmas is hooey best ignored. Until it results in an Electoral College victory, at which point you can no longer ignore it.
Remembering the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France, Pope Francis prayed that God give comfort to grieving families and foil future plans to harm others.
NCR Today: NCR spoke to award-winning writer Maureen Orth about her experience writing National Geographic magazine's cover story on the Virgin Mary.
The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.
Even Jesus knocks at the door of a person's heart awaiting permission to enter, he said Wednesday at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
"Intimacy does not authorize you to take everything for granted," he said, starting a series of audience talks he said would look at the "real life" of families today.
Pope Francis' devotion is profound but simple: Mary is a mother to every believer; Jesus would not leave his followers orphans.
Peace is a gift that comes through prayer and through small daily efforts to sow harmony in one's family, parish and community, Pope Francis said.
"At the beginning of this new year, we are all called to reignite in our hearts a spark of hope, which must be translated into concrete works of peace: You don't get along with that person? Make peace. In your home? Make peace. In the community? Make peace. At work? Make peace," he said Sunday during his midday recitation of the Angelus.