St. Barbara: Believers take cherry branches into their homes Dec. 4. If the "Barbara branch" blooms on Christmas, it is considered to bring good fortune.
Japan: The bishops have issued a new appeal, urging international solidarity over the long-term "harm" caused by nuclear power and the damage it may inflict on human dignity.
These photos reflect Poland through the eyes of a pilgrim, documenting the rise and fall of a nation that continues to march on.
Rwanda: The apology is being seen as a crucial development that joins the government and church in the efforts to heal the country.
Cardinal Nichols: "... The constant repetition of the dangers of the risks of refugees and the constant putting into the public sphere of fear actually masks a deeper level of compassion that exists."
Chaldean Catholics: "Christianity in the Middle East has had so much life, but it is now being destroyed in Iraq, Syria and the other countries of the 'Arab Spring.' "
NCR Today: There is considerable uncertainty regarding what President-elect Donald Trump's position and policies will be regarding Israel and Palestine.
In Durham, York and elsewhere, Anglican cathedrals now see Catholic, Methodist and Baptist services, bring in Muslims and Hindus -- a new way to be "beacons of Christianity."
Francis Chronicles: "Where there is no tenderness, there is always cruelty. And what is happening today in Syria is cruelty," Francis said.
Catholic families looking for a Caribbean vacation should make it easy on themselves and choose Puerto Rico. It is affordable. It is a U.S. territory, so no need to worry about passports for the kids. There are nonstop flights from all major airports. Like all Caribbean destinations, Puerto Rico has endless beaches, lush beautiful mountains, a lively culture, and delicious cuisine. It also has something most of the other islands lack: a vibrant, historic metropolis, San Juan.