Did you know Catholics from Africa led the way in being witnesses for Christ in the face of grave persecutions?
NCR Today: Springfield, Ill., bishop goes ahead with anti-gay exorcism; Syro-Malabar church opens in Phoenix; daily Scripture reading from Celebration.
Since I've not hesitated to criticize Catholicism's top-down governance that denies laity a voice, I feel obliged to recognize the failings of Protestants who practice open participation in decision making.
An international federation of Catholic academics has proposed three key changes in the governance of the global church, including a larger role for the laity.
Publisher's note: I cannot imagine a better person to be at the helm than the seasoned journalist and colleague the NCR board of directors chose to lead us forward.
Did you know Augustus Tolton, was the first publicly known black Roman Catholic priest in the United States (1886)?
NCR Today: Will you pray for the exorcism of gays today? The right tries to figure out Francis. Ghana's government praises the Catholic church.
I was walking out of the chapel following a brief visit to the Blessed Sacrament after lunch. I have no recollection of who I was with, as we were supposed to fall in with the first person to walk by in order to avoid particular friendships.
We walked past the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and noticed that a student was standing at the top of the wooden staircase overlooking the courtyard. He was saying something to the gathering group of young men below. As we drew closer we heard him say, "The president has been shot."
A thick skin is needed for anyone in leadership. Despite your best intentions, you will not please all you serve. Despite your efforts to work for the common good, unforeseen circumstances will challenge you and force you to take a difficult stand and remain firm in your convictions.
Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the two-minute speech as part of a military cemetery dedication in the south-central Pennsylvania town that nearly five months earlier had served as the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles.
To commemorate the 1863 address, filmmaker Ken Burns recruited a wide cross section of Americans -- from presidents to preteens -- to recite the famous words, part of a national campaign for all to study and recite the speech.