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Why Pope Francis' big Vatican meeting next month is so important

As we prepare for the momentous and historic gathering of the synod on synodality, NCR commissioned this video explainer — so that you are informed as deliberations begin.

Letters to the editor about Jimmy Buffet

Letters to the editor: NCR readers respond to an essay about how Jimmy Buffet's music challenges us to set aside productivity in exchange for rest and renewal, and to see the beauty in the ordinary.

Vladimir Putin, like Stalin before him, is weaponizing food

How many emaciated children are Vladimir Putin and Russia prepared to sacrifice in their maddeningly immoral war? And how long is the rest of humanity prepared to let them get away with it?

Garland needed better prep for GOP claims of anti-Catholic bias

Attorney General Merrick Garland is a man of integrity and decency, which may be why he seemed so uncomfortable testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on the leaked FBI memo about "radical-traditionalist Catholics."

Pope names two Chinese bishops to synod; Vatican publishes synod schedule

On the recommendation of the Catholic bishops of mainland China in consultation with the Chinese government, Pope Francis has named two bishops from the country's mainland as members of the assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Cardinal Sako appeals for Vatican support as he seeks to regain formal recognition in Iraq

Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Cardinal Louis Sako said he would like more Vatican support as he tries to regain formal recognition as the Chaldean patriarch in the country.

At Mass to honor all immigrants, archbishop challenges leaders on immigration reform

Grim developments on the southern U.S. border and the "frustrating" lack of immigration reform were on the minds of some 1,500 Southern California Catholics at the annual Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants Sept. 17 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Vatican asks UN Security Council to join efforts for peace in Ukraine

The Vatican urged members of the U.N. Security Council to be "creative and courageous artisans of peace and weavers of constructive dialogue" to find a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine.

Catholic priests bless same-sex couples in defiance of a German archbishop

Several Catholic priests held a ceremony blessing same-sex couples outside Cologne Cathedral on the night of Sept. 20 in a protest against the city’s conservative archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.

Long Island sisters open their doors, and their hearts, to refugees

Afghan and Ukrainian refugees find a home with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York, bringing "new life to these old walls."