As successor to figures such as Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Archbishop Wojciech Polak quickly established himself as one of Poland's more approachable Catholic hierarchs, tackling issues other bishops brushed aside.
Editorial: The United States has become accomplished at destruction on a massive scale. We've yet to show anywhere near the same level of skill at putting things back together.
Kenya's bishops offered condolences after soldiers were killed during an attack at El Adde, a camp inside Somalia, Jan. 15. The dozens of soldiers were part of African Union forces.
Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met in a private meeting in which the pontiff pressed Rouhani on fostering Middle East peace and countering terrorism and arms trafficking.
Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron told listeners at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress that only 30 percent of Catholics in the U.S. receive Communion. He called it a "disaster."
NCR Today: Sometimes it is difficult to understand why President Obama receives so little credit for what most of the world consider pretty historic achievements.
Bishop Antoine Nassif, newly ordained bishop for the Syriac Catholic church in Canada pledged to make priority the suffering and spiritual needs of beleaguered Syriacs seeking refuge in Canada.
Fr. Jeffrey Whorton, who served as Catholic chaplain for the U.S. military in Iraq and holds the rank of major, lamented the destruction of Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, St. Elijah.
Catholic lay organizations backed the Ghana bishops in calling on government officials to return two detainees released from the U.S.-run prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to American authorities.
GSR Preview: For over two decades, Augustinian Sr. Julia Thundathil has served 258 lepers from 85 families who live in an enclave she helps manage in central India.