I am intrigued by the fact that Pope Francis is seeking a greater understanding of the thinking of the laity on a number of key issues that have divided Catholics for decades. Given the customary top-down practices of the Vatican, there is something historic about that alone.
NCR Today: Iran seeks nuke deal; the US bishops and their pastoral agenda; the strength of Pope Francis; and more.
NCR Today: When the U.S. bishops meet Nov. 11-14 in Baltimore, people expect them to discuss the pastoral priorities facing the church in the United States.
NCR Today: The archdiocese of Detroit is polling its parishioners, but the effort is unrelated to the Vatican questionnaire for next year's synod on the family.
Did you know that the patron saint of southern Germany and parts of France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland, is a man of African origin?
NCR Today: Trying to figure out this synod on the family; Detroit polling its Catholics, active and lapsed. News from Canada, Australia and Peoria.
Pope John Paul II’s former secretary, in a recently published book, defends his late boss’s promotion of the now-infamous Marciel Maciel Degollado by saying that the pope knew “absolutely nothing” about him because of a lack of communication among the curia.
Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, bishop of Burlington, Vt., since 2005, was named this morning bishop of Rochester, N.Y., replacing Bishop Matthew Clark, who turned 75 -- mandatory retirement age for bishops -- in July 2012.
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.