NCR Today: Welcome to your new weekly international edition of Morning Briefing, where we'll try to highlight a little of what's going on around the world.
For a second year, numerous Catholics across America plan to abstain Thursday from carbs as well as carbon-heavy activities, as part of worldwide relay-style, climate-focused Lenten fast.
The Lenten Fast for Climate Justice began its second iteration on Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday, and has involved 54 countries in the now-annual tradition. The ritual is organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, which drew inspiration from similar fasts undertaken by other faith groups.
South Africa's Anglican bishops have taken an initial step toward including LGBT people as full members of their congregations with the passage of a resolution at a meeting.
When Sr. Magi Maria quit a comfortable teaching job to plunge into social work, neither she nor her congregation had any idea what lay ahead.
A quarter century later, more than 50,000 residents of 105 drought-prone villages in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh thank the Congregation of Mother Carmel nun for taking that "leap into the dark."
Her intervention has helped them break free of poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, illiteracy and enslavement.
Global Sisters Report: Religious congregations among those working to put the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into action.
NCR Today: A nuclear arms race in the Middle East would be an unmitigated disaster to a region that is already experiencing upheaval and war unmatched in the modern era.
One of the issues that is likely to be to the fore in Ireland's general election, slated for Feb. 26, is the future of denominational education. The Labour Party has pledged to end the "baptism barrier" to school entry if re-elected.
Gathered near the Mexican border Feb. 17, a crowd of immigrants, activists and religious witnessed Francis plead from Juárez for compassion toward migrants. The experience left a powerful impression.
In a homily during a Mass in Juarez, on the other side of El Paso, Texas, the pope begged for a transformation to mercy in the name of the Jubilee Year.
The Catholic Church is under fire for revoking the suspension of a priest in India, despite his previous extradition to the United States and conviction for sexual abuse.