We say: The Vietnam War demonstrated that a might power could be undone by the determination of a poor population. If only we would learn.
The Peace Pulpit: What Jesus does through his death is show us how we can bring life to our world not by hating, but by returning love.
Faith and Justice: We still believe that we can ride into town, kill the bad guys, and ride off into the sunset. Such arrogance is breathtaking after so many failures.
This interview was one I will not forget. This week, I spoke to the Rev. Canon Andrew White, an Anglican priest who is pastor of St. George's Church. That sounds rather ordinary until you learn that his church is in Baghdad, Iraq. In fact, it is the only Anglican church in all of Iraq.
Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See said the pope could be a target for the Islamic State, but the Vatican says Francis faces no specific threat.
President Barack Obama's speech to the nation Wednesday focused attention on the problems and threat created by the Islamic State.
The name is significant. The group changed its name from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to simply the Islamic State. For them, the underlying vision is something found in Muslim history: the caliphate. And they don't want to be geographically limited; they want to fashion the world in their image.
News reports on Wednesday suggest that President Barack Obama is readying to take U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State -- the Sunni militant group rampaging through northern Iraq in an effort to establish an Islamic caliphate -- into Syria, where the group is headquartered.
NCR Today: It is time to bring political actors, scholars and religious leaders together to explore how to nourish a democratic spirit in the Middle East from indigenous roots.
NCR Today: "Slow-motion genocide" in Middle East; Nuns on the Bus launches next week; Catholic school teachers fired for getting pregnant; World Meeting of Families logo revealed
Recent atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State have drawn attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. But the issue, with deep historical roots and myriad foreign policy implications, predates the incursions of the Islamic State. Who are these Christians? What is life like for them? And what should Americans committed to cause of assisting them keep in mind while attempting to raise awareness of the issue? NCR asked James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, for his thoughts.