NCR Today: The clarification comes after speculation Francis approved violence in response to religious insults.
As I was happily munching on my Honey Nut Cheerios this morning and perusing Twitter for the latest news, I overheard two of my roommates talking politics over breakfast. "Well, that means Congress would actually have to do something ..." And before I could set down my spoon, my other roommate had finished her sentence: "... and we all know that won't happen."
Aerial video from the Detroit Free-Press showcases two historic churches.
My NCR colleague Joshua J. McElwee reported this morning that during the plane trip from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans on declaring Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-1784) a saint in September. Serra, a Spanish Franciscan priest and missionary, created 21 missions throughout California.
The terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo once again gives rise to the controversy over whether there is a violent element that is part of the religion of Islam. Nicholas Kristof argues for a distinction between Muslim terrorists and the vast majority of adherents to Islam.
Pope Francis made a spontaneous visit to a Buddhist temple Wednesday afternoon during his two-day visit to this island nation in what appears to be the second such visit by a pope.
Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Francis decided to make the visit after trying to meet with Sri Lanka's Catholic bishops but finding they had not yet returned to the capital from the day's visit to the northern Sri Lankan town of Madhu.
NCR Today: The latest on the pope in Asia; Boston-area priest, principal, and teacher resign; woman priest excommunicated.
"I was at home with one of my sisters. She was watching television in the front room, and I was in back about to start on my homework. It was at that moment that the earth began to shake."
This is how Nerlande Janvier, a resident of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, remembers the earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Haitians five years ago Monday.
"I didn't know what to do," she said. "All I could think of was the end of the world. I said to myself: That's it, this is how I'm going to die.