Book review: Had it not been for Jo Roberts' stunning new book, Contested Land, Contested Memory, I might have paid less attention to the events in the Middle East.
"There are actually two churches here: the church of the bishops and the church of the progressive minority," one priest said.
NCR Today: It is good to push for reconciliation and unity, but if that fails, we should be prepared if a divided Iraq becomes inevitable.
Seoul's cathedral is a 19th-century Gothic structure that seats an estimated 1,000. It sits on top of a small hill, one of the many in the capital city of South Korea. The cathedral, known locally as the Myeong-dong Cathedral, was the first parish in Korea.
In an effort to curtail the spread of Ebola, the archdioceses of Lagos and Abuja instructed their priests to suspend all forms of physical contact during Mass, including the traditional sign of peace.
"Taking into consideration the fact that this rite is optional, we shall henceforth omit it, i.e., not invite people to offer the sign of peace. When you get to this rite, skip it," Lagos Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins said in a statement Sunday.
Francis Chronicles: "One cannot generate hatred in God's name," Pope Francis said Sunday. "One cannot make war in God's name!"
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.
We say: The first step in breaking this cycle of violence is for the parties to accept the other's right to exist peacefully in states of their own.
Analysis: Every ounce of Francis' personal charm and ability to articulate a Gospel-based faith will be required for his journey to have a lasting impact.
As the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency in West Africa, Ghana's bishops urged their government to be extra vigilant in screening people who enter the country by sea.
To avoid Ebola spreading from other West African countries to Ghana, officials at all entry points "should be alert and well-equipped to screen people" so they can "isolate and deal with possible cases," the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference said in a statement Thursday signed by its president, Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong.