NCR Today: Now, more than ever, when we're talking about migrants, we're talking about vulnerable children, much like Moses and his trip down the Nile.
NCR Today: Synod on the family starts this weekend; Kansas City sexual abuse lawsuit on trial; Obama administration criticizes Israel; Filipino activists began climate walk
Wearing pins declaring "families must have a vote in family synods," a global group pushing for greater inclusivity in the church is meeting here this week in an effort to influence the Vatican's upcoming global meeting of Catholic bishops.
The coalition, known as Catholic Church Reform International and claiming backing of like-minded groups around the world, is calling specifically for more ways for ordinary families to have input in the discussions at the meeting, known as a synod.
NCR Today: California bishops sue over abortion insurance; UK bishop who resigned over affair is talking; warnings about corrupting the synod on family.
A new documentary is on the shelves, and those who helped create it hope that its message will stay in public consciousness. Released on DVD Sept. 23, the award-winning film “Hit & Stay,” documents an era of civil disobedience during the Vietnam War.
The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency based in New York City, issued an update Tuesday in the form of a press release on its work to aid families in need in the Middle East.
According to the CNEWA press release:
Since May 2012, CNEWA has disbursed U.S. $1,799,767 for more than 24,069 needy displaced Syrian families and 24,234 children; the Christians of different denominations make up more than 80 percent of aid recipients.
I was at our Loretto Motherhouse for a meeting of the Committee for Peace and one of the sisters asked a couple of us what the U.S. should do about the Islamic State militant group. She hadn't signed any of the petitions to choose a nonviolent response because she wants the Islamic State stopped. But she knows when we drop bombs, innocents die. She wasn't sure she wanted the Islamic State killed.
NCR Today: Let's go, Royals! Domestic violence awareness; Francis meets Middle East envoys; Catholics tussle with high school athletics.
NCR Today: Pope John Paul II has a reputation for being the pope who liberally canonized people, but I'm beginning to wonder if Pope Francis is going to outdo him.