NCR Today: Last Friday President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 federal inmates and pardoned two. I've been reading their names, offenses and sentences because I wondered who they were.
The Franciscan Action Network and Muslim leaders recently released a joint statement condemning "vitriolic hate speech, attitudes and actions against Muslims" as well as "acts of hatred and violence committed by any group against another."
The statement pledged solidarity between Christians and Muslims and appealed "to our government to generously welcome refugees from Syria and Iraq fleeing Daesh violence."
I'm a regular guest on Australia Broadcasting Corp.'s "Sunday Night with John Cleary. Here's the latest -- a look back on some Catholic issues during the past year.
NCR Today: Pope addresses Roman Curia; The Democrats' debate; Lincoln diocese awash in cash; African parish councils called to financial transparency.
NCR Today: Christmas isn't just Norman Rockwell and pre-Raphaelite nativity scenes. The Incarnation is both pure grace and a work in progress.
A couple years back, NCR at editor at large Tom Roberts almost apologetically asked me if he could have some time off because he needed to finish writing the biography of Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister he had been working on. "Tom," I answered, "take all the time you need. That work will be as important as anything you'd be writing for NCR over the next couple weeks. Go for it."
NCR Today: This is the time of year for my favorite interview: a review of the top religion stories and newsmakers of the year.
The Field Hospital: Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Bremerton, Wash., is one of several Seattle Archdiocesan parishes that "twin" with parishes around the world.
Nebraska is unlikely to be able to carry out lethal injections even if the voters decide on the November ballot to override the legislature’s decision to repeal the death penalty.