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.
NCR Today: Pope Francis meets with victims of clergy sex abuse, asks forgiveness for "sins of omission"; Catholics scramble to help Christians in Iraq; and more.
Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.
NCR Today: Iraqi Christians flee their homes amid militant push; Catholic University coach killed in accident; more Spaniards are attending Mass regularly.
The meetings began with discussions of areas of commonality between Catholicism and Islam and concluded with a commitment to issue a joint statement.
This date in history: March 13, 2013. The College of Cardinals elects Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the next pope. Bergoglio takes the name Francis, thus beginning a historic year for the papacy.
New Pew study on U.S. Catholics' feelings on Francis; human rights in Sri Lanka; and the last poem of theologian Dom Sebastian Moore
Faith and Justice: Part of the reason Pope Francis chose "Francis" as his papal name was the saint's "spirit of peace." How will the pope reflect that?
I have been both saddened and mystified by the reaction from some quarters in Washington after the United States joined five other nations to make a deal with Iran that would begin to curtail its ability to make nuclear weapons. It's a six-month deal, hopefully a step toward a long-range agreement.
Opinion: While concerns about hardliners in Tehran undermine rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran, the bigger threat may be hardliners in Washington.