François Fillon becoming the conservative candidate for France's presidential election is as unforeseen as the role religion played in rallying Catholic voters behind him.
Despite support in rural and suburban areas, the head of the far-right, xenophobic National Front faces more challenges than Trump or Brexit — including her even more extremist niece.
Parish Diary: I've just come back from walking the Camino de Santiago, a challenging, transformative 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
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.
United Nations: The Federation of American Scientists' tallies show there are about 15,350 nuclear weapons in the world. The U.S. and Russia each have about 4,500 nuclear weapons stockpiled.
Across Germany, Poland, France and Russia, bishops, prelates and other commentators offered contrasting outlooks on Donald Trump's U.S. presidential election.
Viewpoint: Catholics and Lutherans have made more progress in the last 50 years toward healing the wounds of our divisions than we have in the last five centuries.
NCR Today: Delegate urges firing of Guam archbishop; NCR looks at questions of peace; 'Kung Fu' nuns bike to oppose human trafficking; Can Democrats take back Congress?
Just Catholic: The problem with banning burkinis is less about terrorism and more about women's free determinations.
NCR Today: "When you are with them in the field you see that all these people are human beings. ... They just need a hand to walk next to them."