NCR Today: The new discussion procedure at the ongoing Synod of Bishops was a "huge step forward," according to Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, moderator of the German language group.
Austrian and German bishops have given top priority to the migrant crisis and made it a key policy issue.
NCR Today: As our time in Austria draws to a close, I share a few of my thoughts about a place I was surprised to learn is mostly Catholic.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
The United States shirked its responsibility toward the Central American refugees of the 1980s and today has a responsibility to address the refugee problem in Syria.
France has agreed to take in more than 24,000 of the 160,000 asylum seekers the European Union’s executive arm wants to resettle across the 28-member block.
Making a Difference: The United States and other wealthy nations have a moral obligation to offer far more help to millions of displaced refugees.
German bishops welcome the fact that Pope Francis has simplified annulment procedures, but it shouldn't be seen as a step in anticipation of the coming synod, said Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
NCR Today: In Europe, we are witnessing a contrast in what it means to live out one's faith. While Germany opened its doors to refugees, not all nations are welcoming.
Just Catholic: As refugees reach Hungary, Pope Francis says bring them on -- Europe can take in thousands. Meanwhile, a Hungarian bishop of the region besieged by migrants says no.