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Pope Francis has again appealed for an end to the brutal fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, calling war a "pile-up of tyrannies and lies" and asking people to say "no to destruction, yes to peace."
At the end of his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square Sunday, the pontiff said: "Every day I am close, most of all in prayer, to the people of Aleppo."
A reality check via Kabul
By Kathy Kelly
December 8, 2016
Here in Kabul, I'm generally an early riser at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, but I'm seldom alone. Facing exams, my young friends awaken early and then stay up late to study. Before sunrise this morning, eighteen year old Ghulamai sits in the kitchen, poring over his textbook. His efforts have made him number one in his class for the past three school terms. Now in the eleventh grade, he greatly hopes to continue his education, but his situation is precarious.
The Field Hospital: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio promised immigrants that they "will be the subject of our advocacy and protection as far as we can offer it to you."
NCR Today: One of the men I visit in jail, Adam, is awaiting a civil commitment trial as a violent sexual predator.
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NCR Today: A group of 23 academics have issued a statement of support for the four cardinals openly challenging Pope Francis over his apostolic exhortation on the family.
The Field Hospital: Archdiocesan consolidation has brought a diverse ethnic mix — and attention to racial reconciliation — into the last parish standing in the Germantown neighborhood.
Document bewilders some. Groups say, "Pope Francis has a lot of explaining to do." They call the seminary guidelines "extremely disappointing" and "scapegoating."
Morning Briefing: Every Thursday we bring you an international list of headlines and news to watch. Today, read about the end of Italy's 63rd government with the resignation of Matteo Renzi.