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.)
The group of cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Catholic church's central bureaucracy spent their latest meeting focusing on the roles of the Vatican offices that interact with foreign governments, oversee the church in missionary territories, consider which priests are appointed bishops, and work with Eastern rite churches.
NCR Today: The stories of Catholic figures like Jim Langford and Sr. Donna Quinn are captured in autobiographies, but it's up to us to record the Catholic stories.
Human Rights Day: Two members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom write, "we stand for the inalienable human right, affirmed in Article 18 of the declaration, of these prisoners, and indeed all people, to freedom of conscience and religion. And we invite others in the human rights community to stand with us, join with us and call for their release."
NCR Today: Immigrants fortify resources; Message of tolerance and welcome; Speak out against nuclear weapons; The battle over who delivers Christmas presents
Several representatives of groups that participated in a landmark Vatican meeting last spring to reevaluate the Catholic church’s long-held just war theory will be meeting again in Rome next week to carry forward their discussions.
About 15 people will be meeting under the aegis of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a new group created after the April meeting to focus on promoting the practice of nonviolence in church teaching.
NCR Today: "Resistance" is a word I hear more often these days than any time since the Vietnam War. And I hear it from unexpected persons.