Last week was a tough week for journalism: In just the two least-publicized news stories, veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in Manhattan and New York Times media columnist David Carr died of complications from lung cancer.
NCR Today: Runner-up to NCR Person of the Year; an agenda for Francis in 2015; bishop wants same-sex relationships recognized; Francis' most iconic photos of 2014
In an internal poll we conduct among editors and contributors, Stephen Colbert was nominated as NCR's person of the year for 2014. He almost made it.
NCR Today: USCCB struggles to find footing; anniversary of Sr. Jeannine Gramick film; North Carolina cathedral adds Spanish Mass; Colbert and his Southern Catholic charism
Young Voices: At their best, Christians are caught up in a love story meant to break down walls. At their worst, practitioners use religion to demean and divide.
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NCR Today: The news that practicing Catholic Stephen Colbert will take over "Late Show" has me curious if Colbert will be able to be his prophetic self.
Today, the bishops go into executive session and I head back to Washington. The annual "homecoming," which is what a USCCB meeting always feels like, comes to a close for us scribes even if the bishops must now attend to their most pressing issues behind closed doors.