Fr. John Dear will leave the Jesuits after 32 years in the order, which says he was "obstinately disobedient" to its directives.
NCR Today: A great friend to NCR, Thomas Patrick Melady served as U.S. ambassador to Burundi, Uganda and the Vatican.
The new year will be a brighter beginning for Terrance Alston, 49, who once spent years on the streets.
Column: The gap between rich and poor in this country is widening, but it's not just about income. Are you living in a bubble?
Salvatorian Fr. Robert Nugent co-founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to build bridges between the gay community and the Catholic church.
Trail Life USA, the new scouting group created as an alternative to Boy Scouts of America, launched Jan. 1 with over 500 troops.
CAMERADO, I GIVE YOU MY HAND: HOW A POWERFUL LAWYER-TURNED-PRIEST IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF MEN BEHIND BARS
By Maura Poston Zagrans
Published by Image Books, $22
Christmas: Since 1984, NCR has published Maryknoll Fr. Bob McCahill's annual Christmas letter, chronicling his experience among the people of Bangladesh.
My Table is Spread: The Christmas letter author needs a director's eye and a film editor's willingness to leave hours of the story on the cutting-room floor.
Nearly one in three Americans, including many with no little children at home and those with no religious identity, say they pretend Santa will visit their house on Christmas Eve.
Overall, 31 percent of U.S. adults play up the Santa role in their holiday season, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
Jesus, however, is still the star of Christmas.
The survey finds that 73 percent of adults believe Jesus was born of a virgin -- the act of God at the theological heart of the Christmas story, the birth of the Christ child.