The Philadelphia archdiocese's Ecclesiastical Exchange program sells unused religious objects at a steep discount to churches in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas.
Faith & Parish
Prince of Peace Parish in Bellevue invited six families to take home real wooden doors donated by a parishioner and turn them into doors of mercy.
The Peace Pulpit: "We have to accept that kind of Jesus, a Jesus who is among us in our world today, the stranger, the refugee, and the immigrant."
The Field Hospital: Cincinnati has developed a network of mission "twinning" parishes; finding a Francis effect in increased charitable giving; storefront churches thrive as traditional churches close; and more
The Field Hospital: "As Pope Francis says, 'Take care of God's creation. But above all, take care of people in need.' "
Former parishioners who have occupied the closed St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate for over 11 years have been granted additional time to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Young Voices: The human experience is deeper than the binaries of English clichés make it seem. The "low road," for instance, is where we encounter each other's suffering.
The Field Hospital: VOTF praises Boston Archdiocese's accounting practices for collections; Pittsburgh parishioners keep fighting to save their church; same-sex couple describes being both Catholic parishioners and married
The Peace Pulpit: "Even when things ... are not going well, deep within us there can be a spirit of deep joy, a sense of peace. How could that happen?"
NCR Today: This is the time of year for my favorite interview: a review of the top religion stories and newsmakers of the year.