They set out, alone and terrified, on a treacherous journey for the promised land: a mass exodus of children, some as young as 4.
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.
NCR Today: Conflict continues in Israel, Palestine; U.S. Senator to deliver policy address at CUA; Texas governor sending troops to border; Australian teachers go on strike
Making a Difference: What kind of welcome is being offered to the children fleeing desperate conditions? The answer to that question is still largely undetermined.
NCR Today: Supreme Court makes more exceptions to contraception mandate; Philippine bishops sign off on medical marijuana; panhandlers dressed as monks flood New York streets
NCR Today: Hobby Lobby case verdict; Council of Cardinals meet; militants declare creation of formal Islamic state in Iraq; should there be six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court?
Young Voices: America frustrates, saddens and inspires me in so many ways. Yet I still can't help but cheer for the U.S. team.
NCR Today: Boston parishioners hold round-the-clock vigil at closing parish; network emerges to save Catholic schools in Philadelphia; Presbyterian Church votes to divest from Israel.
If anyone tries to tell you that “interfaith relations” or “interfaith understanding” is nice, sweet, gentle and pious … but not really important … just point them to the violence currently consuming Iraq. Improved interfaith relations are absolutely necessary to stop the violence in that country. This is the stuff of peacemaking in today’s world.