The terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo once again gives rise to the controversy over whether there is a violent element that is part of the religion of Islam. Nicholas Kristof argues for a distinction between Muslim terrorists and the vast majority of adherents to Islam.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Tuesday denounced the Paris terror attacks by Islamic extremists as "an abomination" and "a nauseating perversion of religion," and he stressed that no matter what cartoons were published by the satirical weekly targeted by the killers, they did not justify violence.
In finding no justification for the deaths on the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, Dolan seemed to part ways with another prominent New York Catholic, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who essentially said the newspaper editors had brought on their own slaughter.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis
Sri Lanka: Pope Francis told people here they must acknowledge the pain, suffering, and even evil that had been perpetrated during their 26-year civil war.
Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.
The news is being met with jubilation by many Romero researchers and with mixed emotions by Salvadorans.
Supporters of the cause for Romero's canonization have been frustrated for years by what they view as a stalled effort.
Francis told religious leaders he sought to reaffirm respect for each religion's beliefs but to ground such respect in "a full and forthright presentation of our respective convictions."
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Pope Francis returns to Asia this week, where crises are priming the ground for the kind of church he is working to grow.