The rise of the so-called Islamic State dominated headlines in 2014 as the group sowed death and destruction across Iraq and Syria.
Despite rebuilding efforts, more than 85,000 people still live in dozens of tent camps across Haiti's expansive earthquake zone.
The 128-year-old Holy Family Catholic Church is still recovering from a flood that killed more than 450 people and affected millions more.
Christmas: Since 1984, NCR has published Maryknoll Fr. Bob McCahill's annual Christmas letter, chronicling his experience in Bangladesh.
A not-insignificant part of the diplomatic coup pulled off by the White House and Cuban leaders Dec. 17 was that hardly anyone knew they had been working toward a reset in relations between the two neighbors and longtime antagonists.
NCR Today: "Where would our society be without the social benefits families provide? The state would be totally overburdened without families."
"Jewish, Arab, and Druze are coming together here to play football, which breaks down barriers between communities."
Pope Francis is being hailed around the world -- and criticized by some in the U.S. -- for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations between Washington and Havana, a role attributed to his background as the first Latin American pope and to the special position he occupies.
The Church of England announced on Wednesday that Libby Lane, a parish priest from Hale, a small village outside Manchester, would become its first woman bishop, ending centuries of all-male leadership in this country's established church.
The announcement from Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence in London, came just a month after changes to canon law making it possible for women to assume the role of suffragan and diocesan bishops.
"I want to thank His Holiness Pope Francis, whose moral example shows us we should work for the world as it should be instead of accepting it as it is."