NCR Today: We Cradle Catholics are often called out for our adeptness at guilt -- and there is no time of year more ripe for guilt-creating experiences than Christmas time.
NCR Today: During Year of Mercy, seek encounter and work against social exclusion; U.S. parish news; Vandals defact churches in Mich.; Fed raises interest rate
Pope Francis has asked ambassadors accredited to the Vatican to encourage non-violent reactions to recent acts of terrorism and war, and has said he opened the Jubilee year of mercy partly to try and encourage efforts to stop violent conflict through reconciliation.
In an audience with four new Vatican ambassadors Thursday, the pontiff that this year “was unfortunately marked by a multiplication of violent conflicts, whether war or terrorism.”
The Field Hospital: Bronx parish scandal raises big questions; Christians disrupting Catholic services in Las Vegas; parish-based Lutheran dialogue develops in St. Louis.
NCR Today: Year of Mercy; Oakland opens safe house for trafficked girls; Francis' most memorable quotes; Duluth bankruptcy; Church of Jediism signing up thousands
NCR Today: Finally a bishop has made a statement about Donald Trump's Islamophobia.
NCR Today: Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., announced Dec. 8 that the Oakland Diocese's observance of the Year of Mercy will include outreach to girls who are victims of sex trafficking.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has "given the bishops' synod back its freedom" said a German cardinal at a three-day international theological congress in Munich.
NCR Today: Clemency is the only means of correcting prosecutorial and judicial punishment of those who refuse to plead guilty and insist on a trial.
Pope's World Day of Peace Message: Abolish death penalty, provide health care, forgive debts.