NCR Today: The political fallout over the unexpected death of Justice Scalia was totally predictable. There are scenarios, though, that would allow confirmation of President Obama's nominee.
NCR Today: When asked aboard the papal plane about Donald Trump, Pope Francis was addressing the hypocrisy of so-called Christians who do not act like Christians.
Take and Read: For Paulo Freire, education should always be a "utopian activity," full of trust in people and confidence in their potential to be agents of their own liberation.
NCR Today: The interview, recorded in September during Francis' U.S. visit, is set to air Tuesday night on Salt + Light, the Canadian Catholic television network.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops' Rome seminary will honor Archbishop Carlo Vigano at a banquet in April.
NCR Today: Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Feb. 19 that Catholics with well-formed consciences can decide to use contraceptives "in cases of particular emergency."
NCR Today: Pope Francis has appealed to Catholics in positions of power in criminal cases to stop executions at least for the duration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Field Hospital: Parishioners in Oregon, Illinois and Washington are taking an active interest in issues pertaining to the Middle East.
NCR Today: It all burst into the open on the papal plane carrying Pope Francis from Mexico back to Rome, building bridges versus building walls.
Turns out that the quality of mercy can be strained. Pope Francis, the transparent apostle of that virtue, displayed it to hundred of thousands of Mexican followers within shouting distance of the U.S. border that repels them. Embracing the suffering of immigrants, he denounced such barriers as un-Christian, and that set off the fireworks. In a flash, cyber sharpshooters identified the target as Donald Trump and turned the pope's rejection of exclusion into a personal attack.