The Field Hospital: Seattle parish offers overnight hospitality, shelter to homeless; Little Rock grief support ministry conducts special holiday outreach; Ark. Catholic Charities resettles Iraqi family.
Faith & Parish
Simply Spirit: Nadiah Mohajir and Ayesha Akhtar co-founded Heart Women and Girls to provide health education to Muslim women and girls in the Chicagoland area and cities across the country.
The Field Hospital: San Bernardino parishes offer inclusive prayers after the horror; two more Philly churches will close; alternative Catholic church vandalized.
The Field Hospital: In the small Catholic world of the bucolic North Carolina mountains, this Advent is dawning with discord between parishioners in Waynesville, N.C., and their pastor.
The Field Hospital: As sexual abuse settlement and bankruptcy proceedings fade into history, the Helena, Mont., diocese continues healing and outreach for victim survivors, most recently through seven prayer services.
Mimi Soileau goes nearly weekly to see what vegetables are ripe to be plucked from garden beds beside her parish church, St. Pius X.
Time spent with her hands in the dirt is nothing new for this 85-year-old master gardener. She's currently harvesting hearty kale, eggplant and broccoli from the raised beds, a new initiative of the parish garden ministry.
These vegetables go to the parish's Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference, which has given the fresh produce to families in need since the growing season began.
The Field Hospital: Manhattan Catholics challenge N.Y. archdiocese to open shuttered churches for the homeless; Pittsburgh parishioners help the needy; Bishop's advice for merging schools and parishes
The Peace Pulpit: "[Jesus] did come 2,000 years ago, but we haven't really listened down through those years, even until today, to his message."
NCR Today: Religion is about our relationship to God. It is about what God does for us: his mercy, his love, his care for us.
NCR Today: Pope Francis' letter to all consecrated people for the year of consecrated life is inspiring.