Commentary: The church's Jubilee Year of Mercy confronts us with Ricky Gray who stands in need of God's mercy made real in the world.
A couple years back, NCR at editor at large Tom Roberts almost apologetically asked me if he could have some time off because he needed to finish writing the biography of Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister he had been working on. "Tom," I answered, "take all the time you need. That work will be as important as anything you'd be writing for NCR over the next couple weeks. Go for it."
Global Sisters Report: Liliana Gomez is torn between two paths, just the kind of person the organizers of a conference on discernment hoped to attract.
Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Dorothy Stang’s persistent activism on behalf of Brazil’s poor and the earth is well known to environmental and social justice activists throughout the world. Thursday marks the 10-year anniversary of her death at the hands of hired guns.
Simply Spirit: Scripture reflection is a gift for everyone, especially for our elders who were denied access to the Bible after being told as children, "It will only confuse you."
Never forget to pray, even while commuting, taking a walk or when waiting in line, Pope Francis said.
And don't just stick to prayers memorized from childhood, but include heartfelt requests and pleas for help, advice and guidance, he said.
Several Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales.