NCR Today: 25th anniversary of Jesuit massacre; Catholic church losing ground in Latin America; Germany sees rising anti-Semitism; Patti Smith performing at Vatican Christmas concert
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The legacy of the Korean martyrs should inspire us to work in harmony "for a more just, free and reconciled society," Pope Francis said Saturday.
Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead," at least one other prominent, mainstream director is also turning -- or returning -- to religion.
Martin Scorsese, whose 1988 film "The Last Temptation of Christ" ignited national controversy, is negotiating with Paramount Studios to distribute a new movie about Jesuit missionaries, according to the show business newspaper Variety.
American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order's schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee children who have surged across the border in Texas in recent months, calling proposals to swiftly deport them "inhumane and an insult to American values."
"I ask you, as a leader, a parent, and a Catholic, to uphold an American tradition of which we are all proud," Fr. Thomas Smolich, head of the U.S. Jesuit conference, wrote to House Speaker John Boehner and 42 other House members who graduated from Jesuit high schools and colleges.
"This trip is an opportunity to deeply understand the history of El Salvador, the history of the martyrs and what their legacy was."
Pope Francis, a Jesuit, celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola by meeting the family of a Jesuit kidnapped in Syria a year ago and joining them and priests at the Jesuit headquarters for lunch.
Jesuit Fr. Giuseppe Bellucci said the pope had "communicated at the last minute" his desire to join the community at the Jesuit headquarters for lunch Thursday, the feast day of the founder of the Society of Jesus.
"It was a private and simple visit," Bellucci said.
Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Jesuits, announced his intention to resign in late 2016 after he turns 80.
NCR Today: Indian theologian Fr. Michael Amaladoss has been in several reports from NCR over the years. Take a walk through his history.
The Vatican is investigating Fr. Michael Amaladoss for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising questions about whether Pope Francis is moving the church in a new direction.