Hospitals bombed and attacked. Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres demands protection for doctors, nurses, mid-waves and patients.
Rome: "How do you say the truth without wounding mercy? How do you be merciful without omitting the truth?"
Just Catholic: Things were pretty much unchanged for women in 2015. In Afghanistan, a 27-year-old woman was lynched by a superstitious mob. Elsewhere, Catholics argued that women cannot image Christ.
NCR Today: Latest synod coverage; Mass. court rules parishioners holding vigil to stall church closure are "trepassers;" Obama halts troop withdrawal from Afghanistan; Americans' climate change denial hits record low
Austrian and German bishops have given top priority to the migrant crisis and made it a key policy issue.
NCR Today: coverage on family issues; Austrian cardinal calls upon EU bishops to address migrant crisis; Nuns on the Bus; kidnapping in Nigeria; and more.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has called on all of the European Union's bishops to "find a common line" on the mounting crisis in Europe, with thousands of migrants seeking refuge.
As he stepped down as president, George Washington warned the republic against entangling alliances with foreign states. The Farewell Address warned against both long-term hostilities and extended friendly relationships. On both counts, he showed foresight.
I had a fascinating conversation with a former reporter who has firsthand experience in the areas of the world where religious extremism is rampant.
Just Catholic: While widespread academic writing by women causes the men in black to pay a little more attention to women's intellectual achievements, the plain fact is that Rome ignores women.