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.
NCR Today: Donald Trump being a 'strongman' who could solve chaos in the Middle East contrasts with the area's dismaying history of domination by dictatorial leaders.
Coptic Catholic church: Egypt passed a law codifying the rights of Christians to build and renovate churches
NCR Today: GOP convention; Francis to visit Poland; Nuns on the Bus 2016; Nun crowdfunds to pay off student loan; Hummus unites and divides Middle East
The fate of some 120,000 displaced Iraqi Christians is being held hostage by uncertainty.
Faith and Justice: Around the world, matters of religious freedom have been getting worse, not better.
United Methodists, voting at their General Conference, have called on their church's mission agency to withdraw from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
She criticizes Bernie Sanders on Central America, but as secretary of state, she supported some of the world’s worst dictators.
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: To worldwide surprise, including the recipients themselves, the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize has gone to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.