Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Life in the slums is a far cry from the picturesque backdrop of Buenos Aires, but it's that family life that Francis knows best and those people who touched him most. 1st of 3 Parts.
Faith & Parish
Simply Spirit: When Francis comes to the U.S., hopefully he will listen to faithful Catholics in New York and Philadelphia fighting to save parishes that provide hope and stability.
If you have watched reruns of the TV series "M*A*S*H," you might remember the scenes where the medical staff performs triage each time a helicopter arrives with more wounded from the Korean War. After they do a quick visual evaluation, the staff assesses each patient's physical condition and assigns their treatment to the medical professional best suited to help them.
Some 500 Catholic activists from around the globe will converge on Philadelphia for a conference to press for women's rights in the church -- one week before Pope Francis arrives.
NCR Today: The Catholic faith was on rich display Sept. 10 on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Spiritual Reflections: Today's first reading from Isaiah and the Gospel from Mark are excellent examples of the effectiveness of God's word to realize what it announces.
Young Voices: Catholics should pay closer attention to the paychecks of people who work at their parishes. In fact, the future of the church may depend on it.
Today's three readings bring up one of most vexing issues of biblical faith. Just what religious rules and regulations does God demand we keep, and which ones can we discard? Is it possible that some of our most fervently kept laws don't even come from God?
Pope Francis has called for new ways for the journey of faith of the pilgrim people of God. By exercising the collegiality envisioned by the Second Vatican Council, he has encouraged the Synod of Bishops on the family to participate in open discussions on the various issues. As we await the second session of this synod, it seems particularly valuable to benefit from the 2014 document issued by the International Theological Commission, "Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church."
Despite the support, half of Americans and a third of Catholics are unaware of Francis' upcoming U.S. visit, a new survey finds.