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.
Movie review: Known for "Hotel Rwanda," director and co-writer Terry George turns to the Armenian genocide in "The Promise," with themes that resonate a century later.
The new executive order temporarily banning refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries, signed March 6, now excludes Iraq from the ban.
Catholic Church in Turkey: A church leader in Turkey said Catholics are fearful about attending church after recent terrorist attacks, but insisted local Christians can count on government protection. "Although we can move around freely, people are understandably afraid of coming to Mass and there's been a drop in participation," said Bishop Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, apostolic vicar of Istanbul.
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.