Interactive map: Pope Francis' 20 new cardinals hail from 18 different countries. Get to know each cardinal with our handy map.
Over at the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson breaks down the "awfully fine line" that President Obama is walking with his request to Congress for war power in the fight against ISIS:
President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.
The Catholic cardinals meeting with Pope Francis to discuss reform of the Vatican are continuing their conversations and are not expected to make any formal votes approving or disapproving changes to the church bureaucracy, the Vatican said Friday.
Speaking in a briefing with the press, spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi again indicated that the process to reform the Vatican bureaucracy may take longer than originally expected.
At the People's Climate March in New York in September, Veterans for Peace board member Margaret Stevens introduced the new Veterans for Peace vision: Peace at Home, Peace Abroad.
NCR Today: The lawmaker said that virginity tests were installed as part of "good conduct" legislation, addressing the high rate of HIV infections among high schoolers.
Earlier this week, a Montgomery, AL group called the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) issued a report titled “Lynching in America."
The report is the second in a series "that examines the trajectory of American history from slavery to mass incarceration." It reassesses the number of historical lynchings in the American South, bumping the number up by more than 700.
Last August, the U.S. began dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS. Now, President Obama is poised to ask for congressional war power in that fight.
The New York Times reports:
NCR Today: A California lawmaker wants to replace a bronze statue of Serra with a monument honoring the late Sally Ride, the nation's first female astronaut.
The sacrament of penance may not be the most critical issue facing the church today, but I suspect it is an important one for many individual Catholics. Pope Francis has spoken frequently about confession over the past few years, including during one of his morning Masses in late January.
NCR Today: Hope for future Arab generations will help remove the despair that provides a breeding ground for the Islamic State and future terrorist groups.