In 2014, Africans suffered dozens of deadly terror attacks by groups either allied with Islamic State or using similarly bloody tactics.
An annual report highlighted the sacrifice of pastoral workers who died of Ebola contracted while caring for others.
A doctor refused to treat an elderly Jewish woman: “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will get rid of the pain.”
A Catholic priest was kidnapped and found murdered on Christmas in southern Mexico.
The story of the Middle East for 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers and the rise of a new terrorist group.
The rise of the so-called Islamic State dominated headlines in 2014 as the group sowed death and destruction across Iraq and Syria.
Despite rebuilding efforts, more than 85,000 people still live in dozens of tent camps across Haiti's expansive earthquake zone.
The 128-year-old Holy Family Catholic Church is still recovering from a flood that killed more than 450 people and affected millions more.
Christmas: Since 1984, NCR has published Maryknoll Fr. Bob McCahill's annual Christmas letter, chronicling his experience in Bangladesh.
A not-insignificant part of the diplomatic coup pulled off by the White House and Cuban leaders Dec. 17 was that hardly anyone knew they had been working toward a reset in relations between the two neighbors and longtime antagonists.