NCR Today: Pope Francis has created a new Vatican commission to study a reform of the Catholic church's processes and laws surrounding the sacrament of marriage.
The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., as the new archbishop of Chicago, confirming Friday's early reports of the appointment.
Chicago -- Archdiocese calls morning press conference for Saturday. Could be announcement about new archbishop (but that isn't confirmed).
It's day three for Nuns on the Bus, and Franciscan Sr. Jan Cebula, U.S. liaison for Global Sisters Report, our sister publication, is blogging from the bus until Sunday. Keep up with the sisters' journey every day at GSR's Nuns on the Bus blog.
NCR Today: We all know the film industry is first and foremost a business. But I've been wondering about the spiritual implications of these business decisions.
A fast-moving wildfire destroyed Holy Family Catholic Church in the far northern California city of Weed on Monday. A Presbyterian church, the library, a community center, and 110 homes were also destroyed. Another 90 homes were damaged, as was an elementary school and the town's plywood mill.
"This is a tragedy, very sad," Fr. Joshy Mathew, a Carmelite of Mary Immaculate, told KCRA television news. "But we are here together," the pastor said of his parish of 200 families.
NCR Today: Global Sisters Report is your source for Nuns on the Bus news; diocese sells property to casino but opposes gambling referendum; what's up with Cardinal Burke?
New stats from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the American poverty rate declined for the first time since 2006 -- 14.5 percent of the total population, down from 15 percent in 2012 -- and that the number of American children living in poverty fell by 1.4 million.
Good news, right?
Well, not necessarily. The Census Bureau data also shows that the overall number of American poor didn't budge, and that income inequality hasn't improved.
This interview was one I will not forget. This week, I spoke to the Rev. Canon Andrew White, an Anglican priest who is pastor of St. George's Church. That sounds rather ordinary until you learn that his church is in Baghdad, Iraq. In fact, it is the only Anglican church in all of Iraq.
Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell, the well-known executive director of NETWORK, will kick off will the third Nuns on the Bus tour Wednesday with a 10 a.m. CDT rally at the Iowa State Capitol with her team and guest speaker Vice President Joe Biden. Titled "We the People, We the Voters," this year's bus tour will focus on civic engagement and voter registration in 36 U.S. cities in 10 key states from Iowa to Colorado.