NCR Today: President Trump's travel ban excludes so many people who have every legal right to be here -- people who have contributed and continue to contribute to our country.
The Coptic iconographer's work was exhibited in New York recently, "transmitting God's messages ... through art," and serving as a reminder of Egypt's diverse cultural and religious heritage.
Distinctly Catholic: President Barack Obama got to thumb his nose at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fitting conclusion to a disastrous Mideast policy.
Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Dec. 12, expressing condolences for the previous day's terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 dead.
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.