Grace on the Margins: How can women achieve true empowerment when their religious leaders declare that it is God's plan that women are not entitled to equal spiritual authority?
Most Israelis welcome Francis' visit to the Holy Land as a chance to show the world a side of Israel that supports tolerance and dialogue.
Three months after he gave 19 new cardinals their red hats, Pope Francis gave new responsibilities to the 16 who are under the age of 80.
Cardinal James Harvey told the future priests gathered at a fundraiser in Rome: "People don't care what you know until they know that you care."
The Italian cardinal who served as the Vatican's No. 2 official under Pope Benedict XVI has rejected allegations that he mishandled 15 million euros ($20 million) from Vatican bank accounts.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
NCR Today: Georgia court upholds lethal-injection secrecy law; hate crimes a concern in Israel as pope's visit nears; Lima, Ohio, priest says people are too self-centered
Eco Catholic: What would the patron saint of those who promote ecology -- as Pope John Paul II named St. Francis -- think of our world today?
In November, I gave a talk about Pope Francis at the Call to Action conference, and every story, every quote I gave about him was greeted with smiles, cheers and laughter. It was something like a papal pep rally.