Faith and Justice: During his U.S. trip Pope Francis spoke forcefully about the need to trust the Spirit and to be creative in being an evangelizing presence in the world.
NCR Today: "Four times as many U.S. adults say their opinion of the church is better now because of Pope Francis as people who say their impression has gotten worse."
A news channel aired a recording of Pope Francis defending Bishop Juan Barros, recently assigned to Osorno, Chile, despite allegations that Barros covered up clergy sex abuse.
NCR Today: “The Church is not a museum.” Those are the words of Pope Francis opening the family synod in Rome this week.One can hope the delegates begin to understand.
The Mexican bishops' conference and the Vatican have confirmed Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved issues such as violence, crime and corruption.
Parish Diary: When Pope Francis was here in the United States it was a great week to be a Catholic in America.
NCR Today: Despite Pope Francis’ desire not to obsess over sexual issues, for many people in the church and the media that is what the family synod is all about.
Young Voices: In a number of ways, Pope Francis reminds me of a superhero; for one, he uses his powers to serve others.
One of Dorothy Day’s favorite quotations was from Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. It’s great food for meditation and timely, given Pope Francis’ reference to Dorothy Day to Congress. Love is paradox.
Faith and Justice: While in the United States, Pope Francis exercised his prophetic office, but he did it with a soft and respectful voice.