"I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs."
This month we celebrate the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Nativity. I would like to join others in meditating on Mary these days.
During Christmas we are especially reminded to be compassionate and merciful. Let’s tell that to our elected officials.
NCR Today: "Where would our society be without the social benefits families provide? The state would be totally overburdened without families."
NCR Today: The experience of Christmas will be incomplete unless we identify with the dispossessed and the families of those unjustly deprived of life.
NCR Today: Court sides with Catholic teacher fired for IVF treatments; Joplin church reopens for Christmas; Tough Christmas for Indian Christians.
Mary Hunt, the co founder and co director or WATER adds her voice to those responding to the release of last week's final Apostolic Visitation report on U.S. women religious communities.
WATER, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, is a non-profit educational center committed to theological, ethical, and ritual development by and for women. It uses feminist religious values to create social change.
Pope Francis has named a new cardinal to the symbolic role of Camerlengo of the Roman Catholic church, the official who will be charged with acting as the head of state of Vatican City upon Francis' death or resignation.
The Vatican announced Saturday that the pope has appointed French Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran to the post, replacing retired Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, who had held the role since April 2007.
I applaud President Barack Obama's historic step to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. He displayed courage and boldness in doing so.
There is no reason why we should not have formal ties with Cuba, 90 miles from the U.S., while we have ties with other countries with which we have disagreements over certain matters. I'm thinking of China; Vietnam, with whom we fought a war with that led to almost 60,000 American soldiers being killed; or Saudi Arabia, one of the most undemocratic countries in the world.
NCR's must-read Morning Briefing from Thursday includes the story out of Spokane, Wash., diocese about a federal judge's decision to allow the diocese to take its legal malpractice claim to trial against Spokane-based Paine Hamblen, the law firm that handled the diocese's 2007 bankruptcy.