NCR Today: The origins of April Fools' Day; Holy Thursday feet-washing ritual; a moment of prayer in a town council meeting.
With fears that the situation in South Sudan is disappearing from the front pages of newspapers, the United Nations released a press statement yesterday appearing on U.N. News Centre about the desperate need for relief in the most remote areas of the country still affected by violence. As the rainy season approaches in central Africa, the situation for refugees living in camps becomes more precarious. Br. Bill Firman with Solidarity with South Sudan gives an update.
NCR Today: You've loved it on NCR -- now Pat Marrin's comic strip "Francis" has found a home in syndication thanks to GoComics.
NCR Today: Today is Cesar Chavez's birthday, which this year will be celebrated by the first feature-length film on the farmworker and all he accomplished.
It's amazing what legal arguments that medical products related to sex can generate.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the companies that brought cases to the Supreme Court last week, believe that even though they are profit-making businesses, they exercise the rights of "religious freedom" and should be exempt from paying for employees' health insurance when it includes contraception under the Affordable Care Act.
NCR Today: One diocese sues another over abuse; Newark, N.J., now in trouble with the tax man; two reviews of 'Noah.'
NCR Today: In a fascinating NPR interview, Msgr. Daniel Gallagher explained how he translates the pope's tweets from modern languages into Latin.
Review: Darren Aronofsky has done his Bible-storytelling homework for his epic "Noah," in which sin is alive and well.
Aljazeera published a story this week, “Frontline Nuns,” profiling religious aid workers from Solidarity with South Sudan who are serving in areas of war while facing realities of their own safety. Br. Bill Firman, Solidarity’s executive director, also wrote to NCR this week with a letter titled, “Troubled Times.”
If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times: It’s not nice to tow a sister’s truck while she’s delivering meals to the homeless. That story and others in the mainstream media caught our eye this week.