Catholics in Nepal are preparing for a bleak Christmas because of an economic blockade imposed by neighboring India. Supplies of fuel for vehicles, cooking gas dwindled, electricity service is intermittent.
Perspective: Fr. Bob McCahill chronicled his 2015 experience living in Bangladesh, in a letter he sent to friends at Christmastime.
In response to suggestions made by some Republican presidential candidates in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, that the United States refuse entry to Muslim refugees or that U.S. mosques be surveillance targets, several religious leaders have rejected the idea.
GSR Preview: A year that began with one kind of uncertainty is ending in another for one of the world's most strategic countries.
NCR Today: The leader of the German Evangelical Alliance said German Evangelicals should not cut themselves off from their fellow Protestants because they don't share their liberal approach to homosexuality.
Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal urged moderate celebrations of Christmas this year because of the current political situation, but he also called for an end to the arms trade.
A Catholic leader in the Central African Republic said Christian-Muslim ties were affected positively by Pope Francis' Nov. 29-30 visit and his simple message of living peacefully.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has "given the bishops' synod back its freedom" said a German cardinal at a three-day international theological congress in Munich.
President Obama can't get a break. His critics won't let up caricaturing him as a feckless failure without the resolve for an all-out war against the Islamic State group.
Worse still, he squanders opportunities to make the case for his administration's strategy. His Oval Office address to the nation December 6 was a disengaged recitation of generalities, without specifics. It lacked the narrative and rhetorical force needed to uplift and engage the audience in the cause.
After reciting the Angelus at the Vatican, Pope Francis said the COP21 climate agreement required a "concerted commitment" to continue forward.