Faith and Justice: I have some sympathy with what conservatives are experiencing today because I went through a similar experience in the late 1960s.
John Paul II
Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly said that the 1968 papal encyclical had never been accepted by the church at large. Daly also condemned the church over its treatment of women.
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.
At the Intersection: One thing has remained the same between the 1999 and 2015 U.S. papal visits: a sense of expectation and hope.
NCR Today: In truth, the church changed more in the 50 years since Vatican II than in the first 2,000 years -- just like everything else in the world.
Pope Francis is shunning the expansive papal summer palace in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, for the third time since 2013.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' training as a scientist and his life experience helps explain his approach to the environment in Laudato Si'.
Helping to inaugurate an exhibit at the Vatican, the chief rabbi of Rome noted just how much "times have changed."
"Seeing in St. Peter's Square the banner announcing the exhibit with an image of a pope -- that's normal -- but a pope shaking hands with a rabbi? That's not normal. It's a sign of how times have changed," Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said.
The banner shows the late St. John Paul II and the late Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff greeting each other in 1986 at Rome's main synagogue. John Paul was the first pope in modern history to enter a synagogue.
The death penalty is a grim topic. It's taking a forceful act of my will to set me to the task of writing about it. But a few events have converged, one involving me slightly, and I want to tell you.
Cardinal William Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died Thursday at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years -- the longest such tenure in U.S. church history.
Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the election of the first Latin American pope, and he made history himself.