The Peace Pulpit: As Advent begins and we consider how Jesus comes into our lives, let's prepare in a quiet, prayerful way for the celebration of Christmas.
NCR Today: Giving Tuesday; Protest of EPA pick; War on Christmas; Churches offer sanctuary; Religious extremism spreading in China
Special feature: James Gillcrist followed his family's tradition of military service, but time in Iraq led him on a path to academia, pondering the ethics of war.
NCR Today: Sanctuary churches; Rwandan bishops apologize for genocide; U.S. food justice; Christianity in peril after ISIS; What is behind turkey pardoning ritual?
Chaldean Catholics: "Christianity in the Middle East has had so much life, but it is now being destroyed in Iraq, Syria and the other countries of the 'Arab Spring.' "
Faith and Justice: A routine agenda item during the 2016 USCCB fall meeting turned out to be one of the most emotionally charged.
USCCB meeting: The bishops were encouraged to "increase our communion with our brothers and sisters" throughout the Middle East.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians are in Turkey waiting, from a few months to a few years, for an answer to their resettlement applications to Western countries.
Iraqi Christians cautiously welcome the start of the battle for Mosul and the Ninevah Plain, from which they were driven out by ISIS more than two years ago.
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.