NCR Today: The highest cost to Israel and where Israel has lost the battle is in world opinion, where criticism of Israel was widespread and often vehement.
NCR Today: Looking ahead to LCWR annual convention and Pope Francis in Korea; Dominican sisters in Iraq; A break for liberation theology?
Q and A: Culture wars have been engrained in American society since the 1970s. Dayton University's Vince Miller on why millennials reject culture wars and where politics go from here.
NCR Today: After Pope Francis' election, the "Francis effect" swept the globe. Three Catholics, including an abuse survivor, explain how this pope has changed their lives.
NCR Today: Not since the Nazis' war on the Jews has there been such complete depredation of a people.
NCR Today: Air strikes in Gaza and Iraq; LCWR to meet next week; Korea prepares for pope visit (also next week); Ukraine Catholic bishops support governtment.
A Vatican spokesman on Thursday released more information about Pope Francis' trip next week to South Korea, highlighted by his attendance at the sixth Asian Youth Day and the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.
It will be his first trip to Asia as pope.
The pope's itinerary is packed with a wide range of events. He will meet with:
North Korea has declined an invitation by South Korean Catholics to participate in a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis at the end of his five-day visit.
Francis is scheduled to celebrate a Mass for peace and reconciliation Aug. 18 on the Korean Peninsula at Myeong-dong Cathedral in central Seoul. Catholic church officials in Seoul extended several requests to Pyongyang to send a delegation of believers to attend the event.
NCR Today: German bishops call for end to arms exports; Gazans, Israelis react to conflict; Brooklyn's new (second) cathedral; North Korea won't send delegation to papal events.
Public radio host Diane Rehm aired a show July 31 on Ebola. You can listen here. Like most of us, I wanted to hear onset symptoms (fever), incubation time (seven to 21 days), treatment (hydration and palliative care by people totally enclosed in heavy, hot garb) and hopes for a vaccine (two to seven years).