Like few other events of our day, the Boston Marathon bombings underlined the need for responsible, ethical journalism, especially religion journalism. It also called attention to those we might call "citizen journalists," the users of Twitter and Reddit and other social media who relayed accounts of the bombing and its aftermath -- some of it wrong and some of it falsely accusing people who had nothing to do with the bombings.
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NCR Today: Sisters welcomed in Rome, but not so welcome in Madison, Wis.; 'suspected' gay man rejected from Catholic school; Philippines prepare for midterm election.
Mercy Sister Mary Patricia Garvin opened day three of a global gathering of women religious leaders here exploring the gathering’s theme of effective service leadership.
In a talk entitled “Graced Companionship: A Metaphor for Religious Leadership Today,” Garvin used Jesus at the primary model for leadership. She called him a graced companion “par excellance!”
Sisters' Meeting: How should a Catholic leader use power? Should they ever admit weakness? And what role can feminine imagery play in such considerations?
“Let us always remain meek and humble, that we might defeat the empty promises and the hatred of the world.” This was the message of Pope Francis on Saturday morning during the homily at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, according to Vatican radio.
The death May 2 of Bishop Joseph McFadden, who headed the Harrisburg Diocese since August 2010, hands Pope Francis a unique opportunity to choose a U.S. bishop of his personal liking.
Church observers will watch carefully what happens in the Pennsylvania diocese in the coming months. It will send signals throughout the church.
The embattled president of St. John's University is announcing his retirement today, and his chief of staff has already resigned in the face of an ongoing probe of lavish gifts they received from a corrupt dean at the Queens college who killed herself during a federal fraud trial, among other issues.
Perennial letter writers Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, who chair the USCCB Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, respectively, wrote another letter to members of Congress; however, this time they extolled many aspects of President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget. They "commended" the president, they "appreciated" the president's administration and they "appreciate and support" the president's focus on refugees.
NCR Today: Fugee resigns; R.I. 10th state for gay marriage; Catholic schools' financial woes; the rights of workers in the Catholic church. And more
Press Release from US Bishops' conference this morning: