The Synod of Bishops opens in Rome Oct. 4 -- bringing together cardinals and bishops, lay and religious advisers, and consultors to discuss pressing issues around family life.
Analysis: The papal mis-messaging of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, raises some key questions.
Commentary: Francis could do something meaningful about child sexual abuse — change canon law by abolishing the pontifical secret over allegations of the sexual abuse of children by clergy and religious.
NCR Today: Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, Jean-Clément Jeanbart, was invited by NCR to share his reaction to Pope Francis' U.N. speech on Sept. 25.
Pope Francis met Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk and conservative Christian who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses for gay couples.
NCR Today: The fallout from Francis' visit to U.S.; Synod on the family starts Sunday; Junipero Serra statue defaced; what to do with sinners in prisons; pope wants to visit China
Analysis: During his U.S. visit, Pope Francis missed a number of opportunities to address the clergy sex abuse scandal from victims' standpoint, instead praised church leaders for their endurance.
NCR Today: Pope Francis came to the United States not only to challenge us on public policy issues, but also to break bread in the Eucharist with the Catholic community.