NCR Today: A recently established alliance of four small, largely Arab-backed parties could change the Israeli political landscape.
Pope Francis has called on Catholic theologians to leave their desks and take their work to the frontiers to "pour oil and wine over the wounds of humankind."
NCR Today: 50th anniversary of march from Selma; Boko Haram joins forces with ISIS; Vatican portrait artist; Ebola one year later; Fr. Bill Brennan's dying message
Editor's note: Every day this week, we are publishing reflections of Bloody Sunday, its aftermath and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to commemorate the march's 50th anniversary. Find more Selma reflections.
On March 1, Brian Hammond, a good friend of mine, died. You may never have heard of him, but if you were part of the Loretto Community, you would surely have known him and treasured the memories.
An item on the daily rundown of the local college read as follows: "Meditation Canceled Due to Snow."
I could picture the normally calm Trappist monks near my home town in Massachusetts being flummoxed by reading that. Meditation has been one thing that is even more doable than the mail carrier's rounds: stayed by neither sleet, nor hail or, in this case, by a measly five inches of pure, driven snow.
NCR Today: ISIS releases some Christians; Young sister seeks balance; Stipiends for weddings.; Ill. diocese names woman chancellor.
Commentary: When church ideologues express disdain for contemporary society, it risks losing a generation of Catholics quite unlike anything has before.
The United States is one of nine nations Amnesty International lists as "persistent executioners." The others? China, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Bangladesh and North Korea. The European Union bans the death penalty among its member nations. A Lebanese justice minister has been quoted as saying that "the right to life precedes everything" in explaining his opposition to the practice.
Joe Carter has written an interesting piece on the Acton Institute Power Blog.
It is interesting because it focuses on the fallibility of the financial community.