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.
Young Voices: The word "martyr" means witness, and the Syrian witnesses blow me away.
2016: As Christians in the Middle East look back on 2016, they wonder if there will be much to celebrate amid mounting challenges.
Distinctly Catholic: President Barack Obama got to thumb his nose at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fitting conclusion to a disastrous Mideast policy.
NCR Today: Conservatives should tackle DOD waste; Dominican sisters' hostel supports college students in Vietnam; Aleppo rebel evacuation underway
Syria: Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver emergency aid to the people.Syria's SANA news agency reported Assad met Dec. 12 with new Cardinal Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio to Syria, and that the cardinal delivered a letter from the pope.
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.
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.
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.