NCR Today: Still trying to figure out this synod thing; open enrollment for Obamacare approaches -- and nobody knows; NCR seminar on Pope Francis.
On Nov. 1, NCR will co-host a one-day seminar with Rockhurst University, in Kansas City, Mo.. “Pope Francis: Becoming a Church of Mercy” is a day of discussions on the global impact of Francis’ papacy.
The event takes place on the Rockhurst campus. Speakers include Rockhurst president Fr. Tom Curran and Rockhurst theology faculty and yours truly along with NCR Vatican correspondent Josh McElwee and NCR senior analyst Fr. Tom Reese. NCR CEO/president Caitlin Hendel will moderate a panel.
Politics are dirty. Our country is founded upon the values, aspirations and hard work of "we the people." Yet too often, our voices are drowned out by the big money of corporations, political action committees, and campaign donors. To overcome this distortion of democracy, all who are able must vote.
The Nov. 4 midterm elections will determine which party will have the majority in Congress. These legislators will be charged with crafting federal legislation on anything from immigration to taxes to the environment for the next two to six years.
Will you vote?
Oscar de la Renta, whose designs have been worn by first ladies and leading actresses of the day, died Monday in his home in Kent, Conn. He suffered from cancer over the past 10 years. The New York Times story can be found here.
NCR Today: Boko Haram agrees to cease-fire; laying down new cornerstones in Detroit; suspended Jesuit named in Hiaiti sexual abuse lawsuit.
The "Catholic Tipping Point" tour is back. This year, the tour will feature Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, who has questioned church teaching on celibacy, homosexuality, and ordination of women.
Francis will make the trip at the request of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Turkish bishops.
The challenge posed by the Islamic State, the violent Islamic movement that has swept across northeastern Syria and western Iraq, should be surmountable.
I sat watching the 11 p.m. news as the Ebola patient from Dallas, Nina Pham, landed at the airport in Frederick, Md. She was on her way to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Frederick is a little more than an hour from my house. Bethesda is about 20 minutes from where my sister lives in Washington, D.C.
NCR Today: What was the synod really about? Minimum wage or living wage? Some very fine reader recommendations.