Francis to world leaders from papal plane: "A prolonged war would destroy ... a big part of humanity," he warned. "Let us stop ourselves. Let us search for a diplomatic solution."
The State Department should add Russia to its list of the worst violators of religious freedom, a U.S. commission declared in its annual report.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, founded to advise the federal government on the issue, comes out with its own list of shame each year, citing the most abusive countries in a lineup consistently longer than the State Department’s.
This year, the USCIRF report included a dissenting report from its vice chair criticizing the commission for failing to investigate Israel.
Faith and Justice: In its annual report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom lists 16 "countries of particular concern" where religious freedom violations are systematic, ongoing and egregious.
A new study categorizes what kinds of responses emerge when Christians around the world are persecuted, noting that, most often, Christians choose a strategy of survival.
A French Catholic priest working with North Korean refugees in China said conditions have worsened for surviving Christians under the dictatorship of Kim Jong Un and urged the Chinese government to give shelter to fugitives from the communist-ruled country.
Faith and Justice: The Democrats can fight Trump tooth and nail and perhaps save him and the country from himself. The alternative is to sit back and let Donald be Donald
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.
NCR Today: A proposed change to the so-called pacifist clause of Japan's constitution has called the country's relatively small Catholic church to action.
Special feature: An early career in the Navy led Msgr. Stuart Swetland to deeper questions about the Gospel.
I awoke this morning with NPR, as I usually do, and heard poetic words from President Obama speaking in Hiroshima, Japan:
“…among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them. …”