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.
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.
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.
Archbishop Paul Russell, the Vatican's ambassador to Turkey, said there is hope the attempted coup is helping unify Turkish citizens around efforts to defend their democracy.
NCR Today: "When you are with them in the field you see that all these people are human beings. ... They just need a hand to walk next to them."
Ephesus, Turkey -- Despite the danger of our own times, a steady stream of Muslim and Christian pilgrims travel to the revered place in search of Mary.
Aboard the Papal Plane: Francis said he would address the sexual abuse allegations against the high-ranking Vatican official after the Australian justice investigation concludes.
NCR Today: Consumers of news broadcasts are likely to identify him as the alleged mastermind behind last week's failed coup in Turkey.
NCR Today: Syrian and international teams are working to indict Syrian President Bashar Assad by collecting evidence of war crimes and legally connecting Assad to those crimes.
Pope Francis led pilgrims in praying for the victims of a terrorist attack June 28 at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in Turkey.