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.
Francis Chronicles: "Where there is no tenderness, there is always cruelty. And what is happening today in Syria is cruelty," Francis said.
USCCB meeting: The bishops were encouraged to "increase our communion with our brothers and sisters" throughout the Middle East.
Across Germany, Poland, France and Russia, bishops, prelates and other commentators offered contrasting outlooks on Donald Trump's U.S. presidential election.
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.
NCR Today: Second debate without civility; Texas Catholic bishops talk death penalty; 'Troublesome' misuses of 'Amoris Laetitia'; Court rules on identities of School of Americas graduates
NCR Today: Some elements of the anti-war movement do not just oppose U.S. intervention in that country's multisided civil war, but actually defend the brutal Syrian regime.