NCR Today: The sad, inescapable truth of Syria; Top religion news stories of 2016; Christmas tree slide show.
NCR Today: "I sympathize with the pilots who actually dropped the bombs," says Professor Norimitsu Tosu. But forgiving the politicians who made the decision is more difficult.
'Collateral Beauty': This is a sincere movie that is presented in a unique way. It addresses grief and loneliness.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops and deportation; clarity and false clarity in Amoris Laetitia; church leads fight against death penalty in Philippines
NCR Today: Conservatives should tackle DOD waste; Dominican sisters' hostel supports college students in Vietnam; Aleppo rebel evacuation underway
NCR Today: President-elect Donald Trump will find out that he does not have absolute unfettered power. We may be seeing the first signs of this accountability.
Film review: Director Pablo Larraín's narrative about the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is a clever, artsy fantasy, opening in New York and Los Angeles Dec. 16.
The Field Hospital: It fits right in with the fabric of parish life that Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church has an Advent creche proclaiming "Jesus the Global Refugee."
The Field Hospital: What makes a great parish? Kentucky Catholics converge to promote social justice; Churches carry economic clout; Texas diocese buys golf course to build new parish.
The Washington Post: Trump wasn't happy with his State Department finalists. Then he heard a new name. (A look in on his unorthodox methods.)