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"When a country is at war, there's no such thing as a safe place," said Fadi Ali, who is from Latakia, the fifth-largest city in Syria. He and his family have found refuge in Buenos Aires, Argentina, living with Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus sisters.

After the Vatican and the White House yesterday announced that President Donald Trump and Pope Francis will be meeting in the Vatican May 24, I thought to myself: When Trump meets Francis, I'd like to be a fly on the wall.

Trump signed a much-anticipated executive order on religious liberty issues yesterday. But, according to Michael Sean Winters, the anticipation turned out to be hyped: The executive order is a whole lot of nothing. Winters wasn't alone. RNS correspondent David Gibson asked said much the same. Gibson wrote: Trump's grand gesture toward his religious base appeared to falter as a matter of policy, and perhaps as politics.

South Arlington, Virginia, and New York City -- What can the church community do for the immigrant people living among them? Local groups struggle to find answers, offer help: Nonprofits step up to offer legal advice to immigrants and, meanwhile, Activist wants NYC's shuttered churches put to use

"Notes from the Field," a partnership with Catholic Volunteer Network, shares reflections of young people volunteering in ministries of Catholic sisters. Katie Delaney is a Good Shepherd Volunteer with the Fundación Madre Josefa (Mother Joseph Foundation) in Santiago, Chile: God writes straight with crooked lines.

Just in case North Korea wasn't making you nervous already: North Korea accuses CIA and South Korea of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong Un

Trump claimed a victory Thursday after the House approved a more free-market approach to health care. Then he capped it off by praising Australia's government-run, universal health care. Trump’s forbidden love: Single-payer health care

On health care, has the GOP stirred a 'hornet’s nest'?

You many have seen earlier this week that the Kansas City, Kansas, archdiocese has severed ties with the Girl Scouts. Well, Mary Sanchez assures us that you can relax, buying Thin Mints isn't going to help spread the gospel of abortion

Global Sisters Report is planning a new feature called "The Life," and we need the help of sisters across the globe. Our goal is to create a panel of 15 to 20 sisters who will share their thoughts and expertise by answering a question posed to the group. Our hope is to further the global sisterhood by sharing approaches and solutions in pursuit of a better world. Join GSR in a new feature about religious life.

DailyBreadBanner.jpgStart your day inspired with daily scripture reflections. Join NCR's sister publication, Celebration, for Daily Bread, a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings.

Or reflect on Pencil Preaching.jpgPencil Preaching by Pat Marrin. Every morning Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.

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