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The Peace Pulpit: What we're learning in the Gospel today is that Matthew was trying to show the people of the community at Jerusalem, the Christian people, followers of Jesus that outsiders need to be welcomed.
Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayer for the victims of a bombing at a mosque in Egypt's northern Sinai region.
I grew up in the Middle East and keenly observed Mideast politics. The U.S. always contrasted with some of the area's unsavory regimes. Yet now, some unsettling parallels have emerged.
NCR Today: Cardinal Gracias talks papal visit to India; Catholic groups talk about female deacons; Ken Hackett talks to Fr. Tom Reese; Sr. Helen Prejean talks 36 years of ministry