Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Viewpoint: Give qualified laypersons real authority to lead faith communities. This could shift emphasis of pastoral leadership towards preaching the kingdom.
NCR Today: People come to church to celebrate the Eucharist, not to watch a show or pray their private prayers. They come to pray together.
Preview: Last year, our son Nick -- who is 27 and has autism -- received his first holy Communion at St. Mary Church here in Anacortes, Wash.
NCR Today: I sent a survey to my 27 nieces and nephews, to gather data that could be useful to those ministering to today's American Catholics.
Column: The Eucharist is not just for people who have faith all figured out.
The Field Hospital: Nonprofit takes in babies whose mothers can't provide care; Montana bishop's diocese is "one large parish"; Evangelization program's remarkable results
Pope Francis set traditionalist teeth on edge yet again by seeming to suggest that a Lutheran could receive communion in the Catholic church after consulting her conscience.
Synod, Day 11: Synod prelates have entered into discussions about how the church should treat persons who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments.
I have just returned from one of the best weekend conferences I have ever attended. It was a meeting June 26-28 in St. Paul, Minn., of about 275 Catholics who are involved with IECs, or Intentional Eucharistic Communities. These are groups that come together to celebrate the Eucharist outside a parish setting. It was called “Living the Gospel: Collective Voices.”