NCR Today: Vatican conflict shadows upcoming LCWR assembly; Iran military pushing back Islamic State; Putin wants to rebuild demolished monasteries, church; Scorsese making film about Japan's first Jesuits
Making a Difference: If you live in or near a large U.S. city, you're in harm's way. And radiation from a nuclear attack would hurt everyone.
The Ukrainian government plans to re-establish military chaplaincies in the country's embattled armed forces, nine months after they were abolished under Soviet rule.
The epic battle between Russian and U.S. combat dolphins is about to take place in the Black Sea.
These highly trained dolphins can attack enemy divers, locate mines and plant bombs. Some dolphins will even have knives and pistols attached to their heads -- creating a whole new image of “marine” mammals.
But this is not the plot of an upcoming action-adventure movie. Last week, news outlets across the globe reported this bizarre story as largely fact.
Russia has prided itself on its revival of Orthodox Christianity after decades of Soviet persecution, but a war with the Ukraine could splinter the Russian Orthodox church.
The hypocrisy behind the U.S. position on the Russian involvement in the Crimea is incredible. I don't condone the Russian power play in Crimea, but what I object to is a holier-than-thou attitude by the Obama administration, Congress and most of the mass media. What is that saying? People in glass houses shouldn't throw bricks, or something like that.
Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an extremely dangerous situation that should be of concern to all Americans.
I'm glad Russia won the Olympic team figure skating gold medal. Sure, I thought Gracie Gold's and Jason Brown's scores were a little low, and perhaps the Russians' a little high. I want to win. That's in me, too, like everybody. But we can't win 'em all. The Olympics always make me acutely aware of how intensely the U.S. wants to win. I hate that "U-S-A" chant.
Michael Christian Martinez, 17, will be the first skater to represent the Philippines in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.
Peace in the Middle East, particularly the war in Syria, topped the agenda Monday as Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin.