A weekend walk between the author and her ten-year-old granddaughter Emmaly leads to Emmaly posing a major question: "Are you afraid to die?"
Movie review: A new documentary tells the story of the U.S.-Mexico drug trade through a women religious working with victims' families, a Texas rancher and a U.S. federal agent.
Q and A: How should the U.S. respond to ISIS? NCR asked just war theory expert Gerard Powers.
NCR Today: Who are we if we don't care for one another?
Kristen Ostendorf worked at Totino-Grace High School in St. Paul, Minn., for 18 years. She was an English teacher, campus minister and coach, and spent much of her time traveling with students on immersion programs, both in the U.S. and overseas.
"I love teaching and I love bringing students to that social justice world," Ostendorf says. But, like many others this reporter met at the CTA conference, she found that social justice is sometimes lacking in our Catholic institutions.
NCR Today: Catch up on USCCB fall meeting coverage; Pope cries out for welcoming church; Syrian refugee policy takes focus in US 2016 politics; and more
Distinctly Catholic: Looking back over the last two days, four moments stand out: two moments demonstrate what is good about the bishops’ conference, and two moments highlight real problems.
The document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" and its introduction eventually passed by wide margins in separate votes during the second day of the USCCB annual fall meeting.
Faith and Justice: At their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops elected new chairs for a number of committees of the bishops conference.
Martha Hennessy, an anti-war activist and granddaughter of Dorothy Day, challenged bishops at the USCCB fall meeting to condemn what she believed was the inevitability of deeper war with Syria.