Congo's bishops said Catholics are facing a new wave of violence following the collapse of a church mediation plan, and in some places church leaders have fled to the forest.
Making a Difference. Worldwide the refugee population has swelled to more than 65 million -- four times what it was a decade ago.
In September 2014, three Xaverian sisters were murdered at their convent in central Africa. The murders remain unsolved, but the missionary order remains dedicated to where they have served since 1964.
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Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
NCR Today: "Slow-motion genocide" in Middle East; Nuns on the Bus launches next week; Catholic school teachers fired for getting pregnant; World Meeting of Families logo revealed
NCR Today: A great friend to NCR, Thomas Patrick Melady served as U.S. ambassador to Burundi, Uganda and the Vatican.
But for the tragedy in the Philippines, 2013 is ending as a quiet year for humanitarian events, right? Not necessarily.