The Peace Pulpit: Shepherds lived a rough and difficult life. But they were the ones to receive the first message that the Son of God had entered into human history.
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.
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.
The fate of some 120,000 displaced Iraqi Christians is being held hostage by uncertainty.
NCR Today: Orthodox Council opens; Native forests threatened; New blog post on ministry in Chicago; Guatemalan dump town; Social activism evolving in African-American churches
Iraqi refugee women who fled Islamic State group violence in their homeland have appealed to Pope Francis for help, sending a hand-sewn chasuble and imploring him to pray for peace.
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.
Relations between Christians and Muslims in places where refugees of both faiths have landed -- in countries like Lebanon and Jordan -- are frayed.
NCR Today: In a television interview, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he could understand Austria's decision to close its borders.
Faith and Justice: All who suffer persecution deserve our compassion. Singling out one group for special treatment is not consistent with either our American or Christian values.