Global Sisters Report welcomes a new columnist who will be blogging weekly about women religious in mainstream media. This is her first post.
NCR Today: More Francis anniversary coverage; is Missouri diocese near bankruptcy? Massachusetts AG sides with gay couple against diocese.
NCR Today: House Speaker John Boehner reached out to the Vatican on behalf of House and Senate leaders to invite Pope Francis to speak to both houses of Congress.
Received the following press release this afternoon:
Three Archbishops to Join Faithful in Prayer Service for Peace in Ukraine;
Service will be held Sunday, March 16 at 5 PM in Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia;
For more information contact:
Rev. John M. Fields, 570-875-9061
Director of Communications
215-627-0143 ext. 22, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell phone 570-875-9061
In March 2011, The New York Times ran a feature on the Pentagon's biggest boondoggles. It is based on a 2009 Government Accountability Office review of defense acquisition programs that found that two-thirds of them suffered cost overruns and delays and that generally they don't meet today's military needs.
The National Catholic Reporter is looking for writers under the age of 30 to join our weekly online Young Voices column.
Young Voices writers pen a 1,000-word column once every six weeks or so as part of a rotation with other columnists. Topics are up to the author, but pieces with a religious bent are preferred. (This does not always mean strictly Catholic reflections; wider Christian reflections or thoughts on spirituality are also acceptable.)
This date in history: March 13, 2013. The College of Cardinals elects Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the next pope. Bergoglio takes the name Francis, thus beginning a historic year for the papacy.
One out of four Catholics increased their giving last year, and 77 percent of these donors say that they were inspired to give more by Pope Francis. More than two in five (44%) Catholics say that Pope Francis’ message of hope, love, and charity will inspire them to give more to Catholic efforts or organizations in the future.
NCR Today: A U.S.-based group that operates a clergy sex abuse database has accused Pope Francis of remaining silent on clergy sex abuse during his time in Argentina.
Sixty years ago, the kind of lively Gospel Christianity Pope Francis talks about today was flourishing in the U.S. and 25 other countries. It was achieved through the so-called "movements" -- the Young Christian Workers (YCW), the Young Christian Students (YCS) and the Christian Family Movement (CFM). Small groups from parishes or schools were gathering regularly to examine various problems of life in their own areas, like poverty, politics, racism or culture. They would then discuss how a particular issue relates to Gospel values.