NCR Today: Missouri ignores drug controversy and executes inmate; Montana Catholics rally behind fired teacher; Handicapping Pell's replacement.
PBS’ award winning news and documentary program, “Frontline,” is to air tonight (Feb. 25) “Secrets of the Vatican,” from British director Antony Thomas and co-producer Jason Berry, a name that should be well-known to NCR readers.
Most PBS stations will broadcast the show Tuesday, February 25, at 9 p.m. eastern time, but check your local TV listings to get the correct time.
With the addition of a batch of cardinals from a wider variety of regions, the top leadership of Catholicism has greater ethnic and geographical diversity than ever before. It's commonly assumed that this is the prelude to more authentic global participation in church policy and that the new batch will bring the concerns of the grass roots more directly to the seat of power. Pope Francis is believed to want this to happen.
I got a call from a man in prison last week. He’s one of several I’ve known for years and have come to like and respect. This man, I’ll call him Joe, wanted to talk out a problem. His father had just been transferred to the geriatric ward of Joe’s prison.
NCR Today: Radical changes in diversity of cardinals and Vatican infrastructure; a bill that would allow discrimination for "religious beliefs"; proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Army
NCR Today: In a letter to families, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the October synod and assures Catholics that "all the People of God" will be involved in it.
While Pope Francis calls for "a church of the poor and for the poor," those preparing for the priesthood at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary near Chicago will soon have a radically redecorated chapel dedicated to the memory and teachings of Pope John Paul II.
Pope Francis continues to move ahead with his reform of the Curia. But what does the appointment of Cardinal George Pell to the new Secretariat for the Economy mean?
As I was glancing at my Washington Post on Friday morning, I was dumbfounded by this headline: "Gay patient says Catholic chaplain refused him last rites." The story focuses on Ronald Plishka, who was admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack and asked for a priest when -- after 24 hours -- he became concerned that he might not make it.
Today’s letter, sent on Sunday, Feb. 23, comes from Immaculate Heart Sr. Annette St. Amour of Monroe, Mich. After 25 years of working in South Africa, she recently arrived in Juba to help Solidarity with South Sudan’s pastoral development work. They are forming diocesan teams to assist groups with programs for peace and reconciliation.