For many in Cuba, Latin America, and the world, the rise of Cuba's Fidel Castro ushered a revolutionary change. He became a polarizing figure who was an icon of liberation for some, and an icon of oppression for many others, especially for the over 1.5 million Cuban exiles who fled the island in search of a better life.
NCR Today: Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes, arriving in Agana diocese, tells reporters that Archbishop Anthony Apuron is facing canonical trial over abuse allegations.
NCR Today: Fidel Castro's death brought to mind my terrific trip with an interfaith delegation to Cuba in 1984. The Cuba I saw then was poor, but thriving.
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NCR Today: As Michel Aoun's allegiances have shifted, U.S. politicians, with a simplistic view of Lebanese politics, have alternately considered him a freedom fighter and Syrian puppet.
Take and Read: A History of Theology shows how, in every age, theologians engage with the intellectual currents of their time and inform the living faith of believers.
NCR Today: The next installment in NCR's Making Peace series; Castro remembered; New archbishop arrives in Guam; Anti-gun violence campaign in Philippines.
The Field Hospital: Fellow Tyler Wagner brings his passion for the environment to the program's inaugural year at St. Ignatius Church in Portland, Ore.
NCR Today: Every kind act of my life always results in a crazy comedy of errors. Something inevitably goes wrong, but I simply can't help myself.
The Field Hospital: English-speaking parishes in Montreal may close; diversity abounds in U.S. church; conferences address evangelization; parishes utilize adult altar servers.