Synod, Day 8: A letter from several cardinals to Pope Francis, reportedly given to Francis on the first day of the synod, sees the cardinals sharply criticize the meeting.
Synod remarks: “We are bringing the same message," said Archbishop Thomas Msusa, Malawi's synod representative. "Let us live proudly the heritage of what we have received: the Christian family."
NCR Today: In an essay in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago's Archbishop Blase Cupich strongly advocates for immediate action on gun-control legislation.
Preview: Pope Francis' call -- to "express the Gospel in concrete terms" by each taking in at least one family -- appeared to endorse what many were already doing.
Synod Day 5: Participants released reports from 13 different small discussion groups that have been meeting since Tuesday.
NCR Today: On a sabbatical in Europe, I am witnessing firsthand the impact of the refugee crisis, the largest human migration witnessed on the continent since 1945.
NCR Today: Everyone loves a mystery! And do we have a mystery in figuring out who initiated and secured the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis.
Society and the church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the church and the family is "indissoluble," Pope Francis said.
Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God's love for all, they teach the church how it should relate to all people, including the "imperfect," the pope said Oct. 7 during his weekly general audience.
Just Catholic: Early church fathers preferred asceticism but wrote that married households are the basis of Christian community.