NCR Today: If the Synod of Bishops asked a married couple about marriage; Christian churches destroyed in China; Ebola outbreak in Africa affects Christian missionaries.
Abuse victims should be the focus of a new pastoral ministry since they are hurting and vulnerable to self-harm, said one of the six survivors to meet Pope Francis.
From where I stand: The very thought that the voice of the people is itself echoing through the church has incited alarm far too often.
The inquiry comes amid increased disquiet about some of the reporting of the original story of St. Mary's Home in Tuam, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns.
NCR Today: Catholic judge in Illinois presides over same-sex marriages; Syrian crisis splits activists, religious groups over aid; reports of possible mass graves in Ireland.
NCR Today: Vatican news: financial shakeup and prayer with Abbas and Peres on Sunday; Irish priests push bishops on ordination questions; Slovakia bucks trend, bans same-sex marriage.
The Irish government established a working group to address details emerging about Catholic-run, state-funded mother-and-baby homes and the burial of deceased children.
NCR Today: Olmsted's chief medical ethics adviser leaves parish; Detroit archdiocese takes long hard look at itself; Irish bishop contemplates new directions.
A young and vivacious Jackie Bouvier visited Ireland in her early 20s, made friends with a semi-retired priest and fell for a charming Irish lawyer.
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