Did you know that the New Testament of the Bible speaks of “Simon from Cyrene,” which is located in Africa, carrying the cross of Jesus, in the Gospel according to Luke?
NCR Today: With synod on family, Francis may have gotten the mess he advocates. Plus, a national call for clemency.
President Barack Obama and most governors today don't grant clemency to prisoners or pardon people carrying convictions. The president will pardon two turkeys a couple of days before Thanksgiving, but he only pardons about one in 50 of the requests submitted by men and women. President Ronald Reagan pardoned about one in three.
Did you know that the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, is among three African American candidates for the sainthood in the Catholic Church?
NCR Today: The next USCCB president; labor on bishops' agenda; employment anti-discrimination bill advances, but bishops don't like it.
Catholic universities in the United States used to serve as beacons of academic freedom and intellectual curiosity. They explored a variety of ideas and points of view from across the spectrum of thought. Under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the American bishops have little by little proceeded to exert more and more control over the operation of Catholic institutions of higher learning. They seem more interested in demanding a Catholic identity than in promoting a rigorous and vibrant intellectual community.
NCR Today: The Vatican's spokesman told an Irish paper that women could become cardinals in the church, calling such a move "theologically and theoretically" possible.
One of Cardinal Borgoglio's notable comments on the eve of his election was that Jesus is itching to get out of the church into the wider world.
His intent seems perfectly clear. The Catholic church had become so inwardly looking that it had forgotten its mission. Catholics surely get the message and it's a good one as far as it goes. To this non-Catholic Christian, however, it also reflects the nagging problem seized upon by the Reformation.
Did you know that perhaps no mother, other than the Virgin Mary herself, is considered to have had so much influence on the early Catholic Christian Church, as Monica of Tagaste, Africa?
Did you know that the only saint, of African origin, in the Western Hemisphere to date, is Saint Martín de Porres of Lima, Peru?