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Oral history examines the austere lives inside the cloister

Book review: Dedicated to God offers insight into the humanity of cloistered nuns, but readers are stunned by the deprivation and the insistence on conformity.


Seven lessons from the Vatican's wild and crazy synod on the family

Analysis: The Vatican summit on the challenges of family life wrapped without reaching a consensus on hot-button topics. Where does that leave Francis' papacy and the church?



UN nuncio decries growing violence against children around world

Millions of the world's children today are victims of armed conflict, pornography and sexual trafficking, and still more "are denied the most fundamental right to life," said the Vatican's nuncio to the United...


Bishop Morrie has a remembrance of things past

Soul Seeing: Every October, a dozen of my classmates gather. Nine of us left the priesthood. Morrie is one of the stalwarts who remained.

Morning Briefing

NCR Today: Still trying to figure out this synod thing; open enrollment for Obamacare approaches -- and nobody knows; NCR seminar on Pope Francis.


Archbishop Chaput blasts Vatican debate on family, says 'confusion is of the devil'

"I was very disturbed by what happened," Chaput said. "I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was one of confusion."


'Baad' news around the world

Just Catholic: There wasn't a woman in sight at the synod on the family. Such is still the case in Rome, throughout the church and around the world.


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October 10-23, 2014


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