Pope Francis, 77, seems to be doing quite well, despite maintaining a nonstop pace of liturgies, meetings, public appearances and hours of prayer.
New Pew study on U.S. Catholics' feelings on Francis; human rights in Sri Lanka; and the last poem of theologian Dom Sebastian Moore
The traditional pre-Lent celebration has been revived in Argentina in recent years amid turbulent economic conditions.
On a recent Saturday, members of the local Franciscan Earth Corps stocked shelves and cleaned storage rooms at a food pantry. In early March, the group will screen “Triple Divide,” a documentary about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Later this spring, they'll put up bluebird boxes at a retreat center.
And once a month, they'll gather to talk about Franciscan spirituality.
NCR Today: Radical changes in diversity of cardinals and Vatican infrastructure; a bill that would allow discrimination for "religious beliefs"; proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Army
NCR Today: The Newark, N.J., archdiocese responded to criticism about the $500,000 upgrades to Archbishop John Myers' soon-to-be retirement residence.
Morning Briefing: More news about the family synod; Ukraine has its bloodiest day of violence since the riots started; Church of England offers prayers for same-sex marriage.
All Things Catholic: After you’ve been in the Vaticanology business for a while, it’s hard to be surprised by the occasionally tone-deaf questions people ask.
The Vatican recently called for a broad-based world-wide parish-level input in preparation for the bishops meeting next year on pastoral challenges to the family.
Pope Francis is adding his voice to the chorus of papal statements fostering social justice.