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Divestment from fossil fuels is a witness to our faith

1 hour 32 min ago
Catholic investors are finding that continued reliance on fossil fuels will lead to harm for the human family, the young and most vulnerable above all.

Morning Briefing

2 hours 14 min ago
NCR Today: Francis appoints three women as consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Trump looks to drone exports to cut trade deficit. Catholic 'social innovation' helps refugees. Ghanian theologian on healing in Africa. Phyllis Zagano finds too much Catholic fake news.

On messages and messengers

7 hours 24 min ago
In this latest apostolic exhortation, the pope clearly describes what is going on in the Catholic Twitterverse and blogosphere: there are people out there whose stock and trade is defamation and slander, who "bear false witness," who lie and who vilify others. 

Christian democracy could help what ails American politics

7 hours 24 min ago
Distinctly Catholic: The natural home for religiously-based ideological disposition in the U.S. used to be the Democratic Party, but for the past three decades, the religious right has been the face of Christianity in American public life. Both parties seem unable to restore health to politics.

Wisconsin immigration activists call out Speaker Ryan's failure on Dream Act

7 hours 24 min ago
Wisconsin immigration activists supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients are not ruling out further protests, even though House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will retire from Congress at the end of this legislative session.

Catholic colleges seek creative solutions in tough times

7 hours 24 min ago
A 1937 report of the National Catholic Educational Association focuses on educational standards and quality and on competing in the higher education marketplace without sacrificing Catholic culture's distinctiveness. Some 80 years later, that language remains timely.

Reducing waste: 'Throwaway culture' in spotlight as Earth Day targets plastics

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 4:00 AM
Part One of a three-part series: Single-use plastics are a symptom of what Pope Francis calls our 'throwaway culture'; parishioners are working to reduce waste at the local level with practical, simple steps.

Catholic groups use 'social innovation' to help refugees

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 4:00 AM
In the time it takes you to read this article, about a hundred people around the world will be forced to leave their homes because of persecution, war or violence. In fact, more people are displaced now than at any other time in human history.

Fourth Sunday of Easter: You are mine

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 4:00 AM
Scripture for Life: Jesus compares his relationship with his own to his relationship with his Father. That sort of knowing involves an intimate sharing of life and of such love that the parties come to understand each other from the inside, becoming freely and inextricably bound to one another. 

Green Mountain State's diocese gets greener

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 4:00 AM
An effort by a Vermont bishop to promote greater care for the Earth and the teachings of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," resulted in a diocesan-wide celebration of a Year of Creation in 2017.

German church to review employment practices after European court ruling

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:44 PM
Germany's Catholic Church said it would review its employment system after top European judges warned it could violate anti-discrimination laws by requiring staffers to be religious.

NCR Podcast: New columns, American culture and baseball

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:27 PM
Listen: Columnists Carmen Nanko-Fernández and Mike Jordan Laskey talk about the similarities between baseball and faith.

On Columbine anniversary, students act as 'artisans of peace'

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:13 PM
Tens of thousands of students across the U.S. have again walked out of their schools in a coordinated effort to demand an end to gun violence.  This protest takes place on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.

At disgraced Cardinal O'Brien's funeral Mass, Cardinal Nichols urges prayer

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:35 PM
During a somber service, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster urged mourners to pray for Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien's soul and for those he offended during his life.

Morning Briefing

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:29 AM
NCR Today: Columbine High School, 19 years later. La Crosse, Wisconsin, diocese continues pension plan. NAACP wants a new EPA chief. Puerto Rico fears losing Congressional support. How roads are connected to hunger.

Book collects conference discussions on applying 'Amoris Laetitia' in US

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
The organizers of a 2017 conference of bishops and theologians to examine how Pope Francis' family life exhortation could be applied at the local level have put together a volume collecting the participants' discussions.

Campus Notebook: University of Dallas removes president; Controversy over commencement speaker

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
College round-up: President of University of Dallas removed without reason; Ave Maria University alumnae protest commencement speaker Betsy DeVos; Seton Hill University to honor Sisters of Charity; Villanova basketball team meets with Pope Francis

Bishop McElroy: Politics should pursue common good, not special interests

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
Distinctly Catholic: San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy's April 18 lecture at Loyola University Chicago opens the debate about how the church should engage politics. He is calling for an approach in which Catholics remember to put their faith first, as the ground of a virtue ethics.

Pope Francis' encyclical inspires the Laudato Si' Project in Wisconsin

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
The mission of the Laudato Si' Project is "to restore people's connection to the natural world." To do that, it focuses on three core themes: education, stewardship and recreation.

US infrastructure investment key to better jobs, less hunger, Bread for the World recommends

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
National investment in widespread infrastructure improvement would create jobs, raise wages and help create a more inclusive economy — key to eradicating hunger and poverty in the United States, a new policy recommendation by a Christian anti-hunger lobby says.