A recent census of religious identity in Hungary offered bad news for those concerned with the future of Christianity in central Europe, writes Alex Faludy. Among its findings: a 30% drop in Catholic population.
Like millions of other Catholic pilgrims do every year, Pope Francis will make a stop at Fátima during his trip to Portugal this week. But don't expect him to mention any conspiracy theories or controversial prophecies.
Focolare, one of the largest lay organizations in the Catholic Church, published its first report on cases of sexual abuse within its ranks in March. One abuse victim told NCR the report was "a smoke and mirrors operation."
Tracy Kidder's latest book is an investigation of homelessness titled Rough Sleepers. A strength of the book is the time the author invested in getting to know people whose daily lives on the streets are almost unimaginable.
For all his efforts to control or suppress theological inquiry, Pope Benedict's success remains questionable. During his 24 years as head of the CDF and his eight years as pope, theology actually thrived.
Analysis: Leonard Leo, the chief adviser to Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominations, has emerged in recent years as a major player at the Catholic University of America, the nation's only Vatican-chartered university.
The Nov. 14-17 gathering of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will mark important milestones and turning points for the U.S. church, including the election of a new conference president and vice president.