Pope Francis is set to canonize 18th-century Spanish Franciscan missionary Fr. Junípero Serra today in Washington, D.C. later this afternoon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is the first canonization on U.S. soil. What follows is a collection of articles written by NCR about the saint and controversy surrounding his sainthood.
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NCR Today: While the church promotes evangelization to cure the decline in the number of Catholics, studies argue that demography is destiny, at least most of the time.
NCR Today: Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said "I feel that now the pope is ready to address global questions," at a press briefing Tuesday evening, following Francis' U.S. arrival.
5 minutes with Francis: One woman asks of her church to acknowledge the work and education of women.
Carson's and Trump's remarks are a vivid illustration of both the unruly beast that the Republican Party has created and the difficulty it will have winning over minority voters.
The journey of 100 miles is nearly complete for the over 100 women walking to Washington, D.C., from the York Detention Center in Pennsylvania. Many come with their own experiences.
If the church ended gender discrimination and proclaimed the equality of all human beings loud and clear, it would send a message to the world that would reverberate across oceans.
NCR Today: A letter to Francis asks for an official apology for the church's "acts of racial injustice ... that have stained our history from the founding of our country."