Recent atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State have drawn attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. But the issue, with deep historical roots and myriad foreign policy implications, predates the incursions of the Islamic State. Who are these Christians? What is life like for them? And what should Americans committed to cause of assisting them keep in mind while attempting to raise awareness of the issue? NCR asked James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, for his thoughts.
Sept. 28 has been dedicated as a special day for prayer ahead of the Oct. 5-19 synod of bishops on the family
The Women's Ordination Conference has released a new video worth three minutes plus of your time. However one perceives the question of misogyny in the Catholic church, the issue of the role of women in the church, as second-class members, is not going away any time soon -- and it could end up defining Pope Francis' pontificate more than anyone might expect.
NCR Today: National Diaper Bank Awareness Week; Filipino bishops see value of social media; Bridgeport, Conn., bishop to deliver 'state of diocese address.'
An editing error led some readers of our editorial, Nienstedt should disclose findings of abuse investigation, to understand that the investigation into allegations of misconduct against Archbishop John Nienstedt by Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche is complete. This is not correct, and the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has asked us to clarify that. Following is full text of a statement sent to us today from the archdiocese:
STATEMENT REGARDING INTERNAL INVESTIGATION
In July 2012, when Gerhard Müller was promoted from bishop of Regensburg, Germany, to archbishop and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, L'Osservatore Romano interviewed him. Müller obviously knew that this was the curtain-raiser on his term at the congregation and that the interview would set a tone.
One of the hardest things about being a Christian is the realization that we're continually called to change and to be converted. Yes, God loves us as we are, but God also calls us to be something more. That makes this weekend's readings a bit harder to digest. On first glance, it seems as though God is more interested in us changing others than in our willingness to be changed ourselves. In Ezekiel, we hear that we have a duty to correct the "wicked" ones among us.
The IN Network: Before the tough conversations begin in Congress, Jesuit Fr. Patrick Conroy will pray on the House floor -- something very much needed, don't you think?
Q and A: Holy Cross Br. Dave Andrews "grew up rural," but that didn't stop him from making an impact on food and water policy worldwide.