As an African-American and a Catholic bishop, I have looked forward to visiting the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and examining its treatment of the church.
Vian Dakhil captured the world’s attention two years ago when she made an impassioned plea to save the Yazidi religious minority from annihilation by the Islamic State group in northern Iraq.
As the only female Yazidi in the Iraqi Parliament, Dakhil fought tirelessly for international assistance to stop the violence, including sexual slavery, targeting her beleaguered people.
Now she has been awarded the Lantos Human Rights Prize in Washington, D.C. But she is unlikely to make the ceremony on Feb. 8, since President Donald Trump banned all travelers from Iraq.
USCCB on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The U.S. government should continue to promote a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and avoid actions that would undermine results, said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.
Bishops call for state of Georgia to drop death penalty in case of accused priest killer: Steven J. Murray is accused of killing Fr. Rene Robert, a priest of the diocese of St. Augustine, Fla. District Attorney Ashley Wright said she would seek the death penalty against Murray despite pleas for a life sentence from the church and Robert himself.
Distinctly Catholic: If the political opposition is smart, which is a big if, they will emulate FDR in drawing on Catholic social doctrine's moral and intellectual framework.
Annual meeting: The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities reaffirmed their "commitment of our institutions to creating inclusive, welcoming campus environments."
Want to declare sanctuary status? Five things to think about before you do.
NCR Today: Programs like the Barbara Ford Peace Center and SEGAMIL cannot address Guatemala's larger structural problems, but their life-transforming work does foster local development and save lives.
Distinctly Catholic: Countering Trump's answer, protesters and prelates offered a different vision of our national identity this weekend, one that spoke to the better angels of our nature.
NCR Today: Trump's executive order limiting refugees from seven countries violates our deeply held American beliefs as well as the basic tenets of the Gospel.