NCR Today: Israel prepares for polls; Indian nun raped; Cupich on immigration; a contemplative antidote to political gridlock.
I am taking a trip through Southeast Asia and currently am in northern Thailand where several of us visited an Elephant park. Part of the elephant show involved five elephants who were stood behind paint easels and for 15 minutes each painted as their handlers handed them bushes. The results were amazing and moved me to wonder once again what precisely separates humans from other beings, in this case highly intelligent mammals. Following the conclusion of this remarkable show I took photos of each elephant's work.
What is the appropriate punishment for an adult who gives drugs or liquor to teens?
About two weeks ago, I received an unexpected phone call from a man at the Institute of International Education, who was organizing a series of meetings for a group of Afghan clerics coming to the United States to look at interfaith relations and dialogue in the American context.
Baghdad's small Catholic community is celebrating the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. Recently, I spoke with Fr. Khalid Marogi, an Iraqi priest about the significance of the cross to persecuted Iraqi Christians.
NCR Today: China, Vatican discuss bishop appointments; National Catholic Sisters Week; a nun on the run; police eye church "outreach" to spring break students.
"It's like a little vague feeling. But I have the feeling that the Lord puts me [here] for a brief thing and not more."
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.
The Vatican's chief promoter of Archbishop Oscar Romero's sainthood cause joined the president of El Salvador at a government-sponsored press conference Wednesday to announce officially the date of the slain Salvadoran prelate's beautification: May 23 in San Salvador.
NCR Today: Which U.S. dioceses are surveying their Catholics to send input to the Vatican for the next Synod of Bishops on the family?