NCR Today: Trump writes to Catholic leaders; Syrian children appeal for peace; Death penalty support drops; Russia's expansion plans
NCR Today: For the first time since 1971, capital punishment support is less than 50 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll.
A talk with Illeana Douglas, host of the new AMC Spotlight series, "Trailblazing Women: Actresses Who Made a Difference," airing Tuesdays and Thursdays in October.
Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese, NCR's senior analyst and veteran observer of church and state, will be speaking at Dominican University, River Forest, Ill., Oct 11 at 7 p.m.
Welcome back to your weekly international edition of Morning Briefing, where we try to highlight a little of what's going on around the world.
First, from NCR today and yesterday:
The Field Hospital: Salvatorian Fr. John Pantuso returned to the priesthood after having a family and doing years of lay church work with his late wife; one of their sons is vocation director for the order.
New blog series "Letters from Japan" begins with visiting professor David DeCosse attending a conference that examined "blind spots" in business ethics practices.
When I was a lad, Christians of the highest standing condoned shutting blacks from restaurants and hotels. They did so because in large measure they had been led to believe God meant it to be that way. It had the patina of a religious calling. Many became violent when it became illegal.
More recently, gay and lesbian people could be scourged and publicly shamed under similar premises. The "deviants" were considered anathema by the Almighty whose followers were therefore commissioned to punish them.
Experts weigh in on the veep debate: Mark Silk, Stephen Schneck, Cathleen Kaveny and Richard Garnett give their views on the debate. Michael Sean Winters wraps things up.
New York TImes: What you missed in the Vice presidential debate
The Field Hospital: Can parishes help the disabled manage their income? Blue Mass in Alabama; inspired leaders inspire others; a questionable new monastery in Toledo; closed Philly churches are homes.