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The jar of costly anointment – A waste? A gift of all?

S. Tracy Kemme offers an inspiring reflection on the "alabaster jar of costly ointment" in the context of her upcoming profession of first vows as a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. Who was the woman who came to anoint Jesus. Where did she come from? Did she know...

What atheists and Christians have in common on Easter

What atheists and Christians have in common on Easter

Global Sisters Report features Carol Keehan, DC

Global Sisters Report features Carol Keehan, DC on Hait and meetings with Pope Francis

Evaluating the “Francis effect”

Is Francis bringing people back to church?

What Pope said and Korean Church did not report

What Pope said and Korean Church did not report

On the first day of Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea he met with the Korean bishops, telling them to be one with the poor.
However, some of his strongest advice was not reported at the time as several paragraphs from his talk were dropped in the official text distributed on the Korean bishops’ sponsored media website.

Challenges to Francis’ Vision

Challenges to Francis’ Vision

John L. Allen Jr.  offers thoughts on Challenges to vision of a 'Poor Church for the Poor'   "How I would like a poor church for the poor," Francis said. It's a fitting sentiment for a pope who took his name from Francis of Assisi, a saint renowned for his love affair...

What Pope said and Korean Church did not report

A different kind of inaugural mass?

If the plans for his inaugural Mass -- expected to attract 1 million people to St. Peter's Square on Tuesday -- are any indication, it seems Pope Francis is setting three key themes for the event: simplicity, ecumenism and mercy, Joshua J. McElwee writes in the NCR....

Under reported – Christian persecution

John Allen, noted columnist for the NCR, writes... "Egypt is one of the front lines in what I've come to call the "global war on Christians," meaning mounting anti-Christian violence in various corners of the world. The latest symbol is Nadia Mohamed Ali and her seven...

What Pope said and Korean Church did not report

Speaking of today’s Christian martyrs

John Allen draws attention to the  Nov. 4-6 conference at Notre Dame, "Seed of the Church: Telling the Story of Today's Christian Martyrs."  Sponsored by Notre Dame's Institute for Church Life, the event's aim was to raise consciousness about the widespread...

Pastors bridging the NCR/Wanderer divide

Pastors bridging the NCR/Wanderer divide

"I believe that every Catholic, conservative or liberal, is united in those ordinary things of parish ministry. That is what I want to communicate in this Parish Diary."  Finding what unites the church beyond our disagreements . In a new column  in the NCR "Parish...

A ‘rising tide’ of threats to religious freedom

John L Allen Jr  writes, "Beyond any doubt, religious freedom has emerged as the premier social and political concern of the Catholic church in the early 21st century. Pope Benedict XVI offered confirmation as recently as last Saturday, during his trip to Lebanon....

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