Viewpoint: Give qualified laypersons real authority to lead faith communities. This could shift emphasis of pastoral leadership towards preaching the kingdom.
Sacraments of the Catholic Church
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.
In 2013, more than 154,000 Catholics married in the church. For many, the decision is simple, the process smooth. But not all couples share that experience.
Francis Chronicles: A priest is called to be in the midst of his flock, searching for those who are lost and always serving those in need, Pope Francis said.
Francis Chronicles: It's important to go to Mass every Sunday because that's where people receive Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday.