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Francis names six women to group that oversees Vatican's finances

Pope Francis named six women to the high-level group that oversees the Vatican's finances Aug. 6, in what may represent the most senior appointments yet of women among the Catholic Church's exclusively male leadership structure.

Nuclear era that began in 1945 poses moral questions for the 21st century

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by atomic bomb explosions 75 years ago this August, hastening the end of World War II. And while a nuclear arms race emerged during the 1960s, such weapons have not been deployed in warfare since. Nuclear disarmament advocates want to keep it that way.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Does the pandemic have you down? Brother Leo's mood is not so great.

Vatican instructions give parishioners more hope in face of closings

The Vatican's new document on pastoral care raises the question of whether parishioners have more legal recourse within the church to keep their parishes open. The answer appears to be yes.

Dear parishes and priests: I want to pray with you, not watch you pray

Young Voices: The creative pivots in providing ministry at a distance made necessary by the pandemic need to go further. What do we have to do to make human connections in a time when those things are in short supply?

Copy Desk Daily, Aug. 6, 2020

NCR Today: The Copy Desk Daily highlights the latest news and opinion that have crossed copy editors' desks, on the way to readers.


Pencil Preaching for Thursday, August 6, 2020

In light of pandemic, pope will begin new series on social doctrine

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and social and environmental crises worldwide, Pope Francis announced he would begin a new series of general audience talks aimed at helping build "the future that we need."

Catholic schools plan in-person classes, in contrast to public schools

While state orders have forced some Catholic dioceses to abandon their more assertive approach to reopening schools, other dioceses are using the divergence from online public schools as a marketing point.

The importance and challenge of doing nothing

Faith Seeking Understanding: American society has long been skeptical of or outright hostile to anything that seems lazy or frivolous, but doing nothing is about reordering one's priorities, values, worldview, commitments and energies.