NCR Today: Year of Mercy; COP21 climate talks; Russians joining ISIS; the importance of investigative journalism; Donald Trump and American Muslims; nun's trophy deer
Making A Difference: As Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, much of the world is at war -- particularly in the Holy Land.
The Palestinian Authority has asked municipalities to tone down their public Christmas celebrations this year amid escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
Hanna Amireh, who heads a government committee on churches in the West Bank, confirmed the Palestinian Authority is requesting “a certain decrease” in festivities following the deaths of dozens of Palestinians since mid-September. The majority of them were killed during clashes with Israeli forces or carrying out terrorist attacks, according to the Israeli government.
Independent peace initiatives by Israelis, Palestinians, Americans, Jews, Christians and Muslims cooperate across ethnic, religious and national lines in opposing the the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
NCR Today: Addressing the root cause of the conflict in Israeli-occupied Palestinian land is the only way to break the cycle of violence.
NCR Today: 5 minutes with Pope Francis; new KC-St. Joseph bishop; synod list; Bhopal sister leads displaced villagers; and more.
NCR Today: Last week, an Israeli court decision brought the Cremisan Valley into the news, along with an unexpected champion, retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah.
As Catholics joined others in protesting Israel's extension of its security wall, further dividing Palestinians and Israelis, Pope Francis gave Israeli President Reuven Rivlin a tangible sign of his hopes for peace.
NCR Today: Read stories about Laudato Si'; Synod of Bishops on the family; Catholic Volunteer Network; Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.; 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and more.
NCR Today: Palestinian cinema is unique in that it exists in the absence of statehood. It provides a more nuanced and honest image of Palestinians to Israelis and the world.