NCR Today: Pope John XXIII's signature encyclical was issued 50 years ago today. It was a remarkable undertaking, even revolutionary.
Peace & Justice
The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said North Korea's recent threats of aggression may be an attempt to shore up foreign aid while preserving pride.
"It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem," Bishop Peter Kang U-Il of Cheju, South Korea, wrote in an email Tuesday to Catholic News Service.
He said Catholic bishops "feel very sorry" that tension provoked by North Korean threats are making "the whole world very uncomfortable and anxious."
But should the NRA and some elected officials succeed in blocking its ratification, they will put the U.S. in league with Iran, Syria and North Korea.
Opinion: A convention in the Baltimore archdiocese drew a mostly older crowd for its discussion on Vatican II. One attendee ruminates.
Making a Difference: Capital punishment is a cruel fate, as Jesus shows us. But killing does not bring peace. Forgiveness does.
Grace on the Margins: Members of DignityUSA helped Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer get married in 2007, a step that has led to the national spotlight.
The forum was part of an effort by the nation's largest faith-based organizing network to push what advocates say are essential elements for an immigration reform bill.
Opinion: Despite the body count of the war in Iraq, some of the same politicians in Washington who pushed us into war a decade ago want to do so again.
Tomas Young has been fighting for the last nine years, fighting his government, fighting the Department of Veterans Affairs and fighting his own deteriorating body. But soon the struggle will be over. The Kansas City man who was paralyzed from the chest down by a sniper’s bullet during the Iraq war is now in hospice care and preparing to die. Sometime in the next few weeks, after he has said all his goodbyes, he intends to refuse nourishment, water and life-extending medication. He expects his 33-year life to be over a few days after that.
This today from Mike Allen's Politico Playbook