NCR Today: Reports from U.S. bishops meeting; the artist and the nun; judge allows protesters to remain in closed church; CHS draws appearance by Obama
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will launch a mobile app ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States to help church leadership and Catholics at the parish level engage with each other.
Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, N.M., discussed the app, which will be called Catholic Church, Wednesday at the USCCB spring general assembly.
Wester said 98 percent of parishes have websites, but only about 4 percent have mobile apps. Users are increasingly going mobile, and “we need to do the same,” Wester said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, in a visit being scrutinized for meaning and significance as Russia continues taking unilateral military action in Ukraine.
The Vatican press office released an unusually lengthy description of the encounter, saying the discussions between the two leaders were “dedicated principally to the conflict in Ukraine and the situation in the Middle East.”
NCR Today: "We join our voices with civic and religious leaders in pledging to work for healing and reconciliation."
Yet another major American business, the restaurant chain Chipotle, is boosting benefits for workers.
Effective July 1st, Chipotle will be offering hourly workers paid sick leave, paid vacation and tuition reimbursement, benefits previously available only to salaried workers. Chipotle is already known for sourcing ethically raised meat.
NCR Today: Francis approves process of accountability, Vatican confirms title of environmental encyclical; life under the Islamic State; Obama reaches out to Catholic on health care
When NCR broke the clergy sex abuse story in the summer of 1985, for many of us in newsrooms around the country the story presented not only a journalistic challenge but a challenge to faith as well.
Commentary: The Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and negotiating it under fast track trade authority -- breach moral principles for the sake of purported economic progress and geo-political considerations.
NCR Today: The upcoming encyclical; the United States' "revolutionary process"; a "Don't mess with marriage" manual in Australia.
Jesuit Fr. Jeff Putthoff, the voluble and passionate advocate for disadvantaged youth in Camden, N.J., one of the nation’s most violent cities, is moving on from the non-profit he founded 15 years ago as a center for education and training in technology and entrepreneurship that has benefited nearly 3,000 young people.