NCR Today: In an essay in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago's Archbishop Blase Cupich strongly advocates for immediate action on gun-control legislation.
NCR Today: Tunisians get Nobel Peace Prize; GOP meltdown continues; News from the family synod; 'Mass of Belonging' celebrated in Tampa
NCR Today: "Four times as many U.S. adults say their opinion of the church is better now because of Pope Francis as people who say their impression has gotten worse."
NCR Today: Catholic parishes throughout the U.S. are shutting their doors, due in part to a priest shortage. Some organizations believe ordaining married priests is the answer.
NCR Today: “The Church is not a museum.” Those are the words of Pope Francis opening the family synod in Rome this week.One can hope the delegates begin to understand.
NCR Today: On a sabbatical in Europe, I am witnessing firsthand the impact of the refugee crisis, the largest human migration witnessed on the continent since 1945.
NCR Today: The synod news continues; GOP meltdown? Wrapping up the Kim Davis-Francis meet analysis; Contemplative nuns; Death penalty in Arkansas.
Two prominent Catholics have endorsed an important new bipartisan criminal justice reform bill.
Sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin, among others, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 would reduce sentences for some current federal prisoners while creating shorter sentences for future prisoners. It is principally concerned with long prison sentences given to low-level, non-violent drug offenders, but it would also limit solitary confinement for juvenile offenders.
NCR Today: Everyone loves a mystery! And do we have a mystery in figuring out who initiated and secured the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis.
NCR Today: As our time in Austria draws to a close, I share a few of my thoughts about a place I was surprised to learn is mostly Catholic.