Syria's Melkite Patriarch has called for western nations to find ways to bring peace and not to debate arming the opposition.
Peace & Justice
A White House advisory council of religious leaders called for a global fund to address human trafficking and urged a new labeling system to help identify consumer goods that were not created with slave labor.
With a 36-page report released Wednesday, the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hopes to build awareness of the estimated 21 million people worldwide who are subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor.
"As members of the one body of Christ, we are obligated to stand with our little sisters and brothers," said Bishop Patrick McGrath.
NCR Today: Pope John XXIII's signature encyclical was issued 50 years ago today. It was a remarkable undertaking, even revolutionary.
The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said North Korea's recent threats of aggression may be an attempt to shore up foreign aid while preserving pride.
"It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem," Bishop Peter Kang U-Il of Cheju, South Korea, wrote in an email Tuesday to Catholic News Service.
He said Catholic bishops "feel very sorry" that tension provoked by North Korean threats are making "the whole world very uncomfortable and anxious."
But should the NRA and some elected officials succeed in blocking its ratification, they will put the U.S. in league with Iran, Syria and North Korea.
Opinion: A convention in the Baltimore archdiocese drew a mostly older crowd for its discussion on Vatican II. One attendee ruminates.
Making a Difference: Capital punishment is a cruel fate, as Jesus shows us. But killing does not bring peace. Forgiveness does.
Grace on the Margins: Members of DignityUSA helped Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer get married in 2007, a step that has led to the national spotlight.
The forum was part of an effort by the nation's largest faith-based organizing network to push what advocates say are essential elements for an immigration reform bill.