Basic principles of human dignity are being violated repeatedly in the Middle East as conflict continues, said members of the Synod of Bishops on the family.
Religion, which has been blamed for being behind much of the violence in today's world, might be a scapegoat, according to one Georgetown University scholar.
"The role of religion needs to clearly be determined," said Jesuit Fr. Drew Christiansen, a scholar at Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, where Wednesday's symposium was held.
Preview: Over the past 26 years, Sr. Pushpanjali Paul has produced 15 volumes of audio cassettes and compact discs containing more than 300 hymns.
Europe faces its largest refugee crisis in decades, volunteers from several countries help government agencies and charitable groups fill the enormous humanitarian gaps. Rosala Holzschuh is one of the volunteers.
Catholic relief workers were on their way to a typhoon-stricken portion of the northern Philippines, including an area from which there had been no communication, after the storm made landfall over the weekend.
Catholic Relief Services country director Joe Curry said teams from his agency and Caritas Philippines were making their way to at least three provinces in central and eastern Luzon, where much of the damaging floods have been reported.
Now that the participating countries have reached an agreement, it faces months of scrutiny in Congress.
Religious freedom "extends way beyond mere tolerance," said Secretary of State John Kerry Oct. 14 when announcing the U.S. State Department's release of the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report.
Fighting in Jerusalem began again following the late-September visit of Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel to one of the smallest contested spots on earth.
With a cellphone and GPS coordinates, Rev. Mussie Zerai, 40, has been helping to save African and Syrian refugees crossing into Europe for more than a decade.
Preview: Evangelizing Sisters of Mary in Zanzibar minister to Muslims and Christians, with an emphasis on the importance of educating girls and recognizing human trafficking.