NCR Today: Pope Francis said bluntly during his daily homily Thursday that “if you do not know how to forgive, you are not Christian.”
NCR Today: The Vatican on Thursday officially announced Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the African continent, confirming the pontiff will travel to three countries Nov. 25-30.
NCR Today: In Europe, we are witnessing a contrast in what it means to live out one's faith. While Germany opened its doors to refugees, not all nations are welcoming.
NCR Today: coverage on family issues; Austrian cardinal calls upon EU bishops to address migrant crisis; Nuns on the Bus; kidnapping in Nigeria; and more.
In the end, the pope's Northeast corridor swing will be a colorful blur, the medium of presence and motion being the main message, but it might be different if Francis dwelled on a single theme -- the horror of poverty -- from beginning to end. Not just the immorality of it but concrete proposals to attack it, including a commitment from the church to spend its money and human resources in specific ways.
That might leave a lasting impression. It might also add flesh to the bones of Francis' impassioned stated priority and make visits to poor people more than symbolic.
NCR Today: The Jesuits have published on their website a special resource page about their religious order, just in time for Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S.
NCR Today: Last week, an Israeli court decision brought the Cremisan Valley into the news, along with an unexpected champion, retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah.
NCR Today: I attended a memorial marking the one-year anniversary of the murder of two brothers, Steven and James Dent, in St. Louis. The shooter has not been caught.
NCR Today: The boycotts, divestment and sanctions tactic has been used to pressure U.S. companies to stop illegally profiting from the Israeli occupation. However, Israeli occupation supporters have strongly counter-attacked.
NCR Today: Pope makes changes to marriage annulment process; Francis meets Israeli president; Vatican's internal opposition to Francis' reforms; and more.