The Field Hospital: RENEW International programs start to have impact; several parish closings and consolidations; helping families afford First Communion outfits their children need.
NCR Today: In a church environment where women ask repeatedly for more leadership roles, look for ways to make sure the coming generation feels connected to the church at all.
NCR Today: In offering such a welcome to the 12 Syrians living as refugees on Lesbos island, Pope Francis gave us another example of taking the Gospel seriously.
NCR Today: Dorothy Day's anarchism; Nondiscrimination laws merit church support; Casualties in Ecuador earthquake; Priest vanishes in Florida
NCR Today: Even though Day never voted, her life assures us that hope is not a cynical electioneering slogan but a real human possibility.
Commentary: Candidates for national office often get scrutiny for their charitable giving. Republicans are also terrible at giving. Sanders gave a mere 4 percent of his income to charity.
The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, just weeks after the movie version of the Boston Globe's prize-winning religion coverage won an Oscar and its highly touted experiment in full-blown Catholic reporting folded. That trial balloon, called Crux, was an enterprise edited by John L. Allen Jr., who left NCR to take it on. Four days after the Globe ended it, citing failure to attract enough ad revenue, Crux found a new home at the Knights of Columbus.
NCR Today: Netflix's "House of Cards" gives us a character, Francis J. Underwood, who has no self-deception and is strangely attractive in his evil.
On Monday, Faustin-Archange Touadéra made his first visit abroad to see the pope at the Vatican, to thank Francis for his personal push for peace.
NCR Today: Washington has been abuzz over strong hints that President Obama is aiming to bury the last remnant of the Cold War, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.