Column: It is difficult to see how President Barack Obama can achieve results that will enhance his standing in the polls or before history.
The Peace Pulpit: "Nothing is more important, Jesus is telling us, than that reconciliation between a brother and sister, and that for all of us to be at peace."
As I listened to the first few minutes of President Barack Obama's speech on Saturday in Selma, Ala., I caught myself clapping my hands lightly at the mention of Diane Nash and Amelia Boynton. His mention of women wasn't a surprise; in 2015, it is the politically correct and expected thing to do, and it offers a slight corrective to the long history of eclipsing women's roles in the civil rights movement.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of "genuine" Islam much as the Irish Republican Army was a "perversion" of Catholicism.
Dolan's comments to CNN on Tuesday reflect similar statements about the Islamic State group from Pope Francis, but they also echo some of President Barack Obama's controversial remarks on Islam, Christianity and the history of violence carried out in the name of religion.
NCR Today: Suddenly, the possibility of the U.S. supporting international resolutions sanctioning Israel or in favor of the Palestinians is no longer fictional.
Making a Difference: Instead of fueling war, we need to pressure our government to provide assistance to those suffering because of the Islamic State.
The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, activists said Thursday.
The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were kidnapped from 11 villages near the town of Tal Tamr over the past three days by the militants, who control vast swaths of Syria and Iraq.
The abductions, which started Monday, caused thousands of residents to flee and become refugees in nearby cities.
Catholic organizations welcomed President Barack Obama's veto Tuesday of a bill approving an oil pipeline through the country's midsection, saying that it allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change.
Analysis: Not so long ago, we expected our presidents to adhere to some faith, but few were obsessed with parsing out his views on specific doctrines.
There was a petty war of words last week over a very serious contest of ideas. The trivialities can be laid once more at the feet of President Barack Obama's opponents, who never miss an opportunity to degrade him. First among his detractors was former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.