NCR Today: Pope Francis came to the United States not only to challenge us on public policy issues, but also to break bread in the Eucharist with the Catholic community.
American Catholic family life, increasingly influenced by broader secular culture, is experiencing a growing rift between observant parents and their children who feel far less attached to the institutional church. That detachment crosses economic and cultural lines and poses difficult questions for the future, according to sociologists who study American Catholicism.
Preview: Getting an audience with the pope can be a once-in-a-lifetime event. But lately, Sr. Norma Pimentel has been getting more than her share.
5 minutes with Francis: The church can't bury her head in the sand and expect us to follow blindly.
Celebration Publications: Pope Francis cited Dorothy Day as a model for all Catholics. Who was this remarkable woman, who brought community to so many in need?
NCR Today: After an overwhelmingly positive U.S. trip, Pope Francis held his more controversial comments until he was well over the Atlantic en route to Rome yesterday evening.
In recent decades, those looking into the Catholic world have been conditioned to think that the only really important papal statements are those having to do with sexual ethics. All other teachings came wrapped in endless possibilities for "prudential judgment," an inflated way of saying that other matters -- war, poverty, exploitation of the poor and of the Earth -- were of secondary importance and easily negotiated away.
5 minutes with Francis: I have been aware of the deterioration and loss in our plants, animals and community.
NCR Today: The streets were not empty at 3:30 a.m. Soldiers stood on quiet corners and law enforcement agents watched me carefully.
The displacement of the homeless people comes amid the pope's repeated calls for greater income equality and social inclusion of the poor.