Top News This Morning: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons awarded Nobel Peace Prize. And in related news:
- Trump might 'abandon Iran nuclear deal'
- Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest
An earlier report from NCR: Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opens for signature
President John Kennedy captured the gist of the matter 53 years ago, when he spoke about a "nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness." That sword still hangs -- and we still live in a world of accidents and miscalculations, a world still capable of madness.
I just finished reading this book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, and I highly recommend it. Read Michael Sean Winters' review here: Meet the godfather of libertarianism in 'Democracy in Chains'
Speaking of Michael Sean Winters, he and Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee are at Boston College attending a conference on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia. Read their reports here:
- Day One: Conference weighs how 'Amoris Laetitia' rejects 'infantilization of laity'
- The curtain-raiser: Bishops, theologians gather to consider US implementation of 'Amoris Laetitia'
- A bit of background: 'Amoris Laetitia' controversy predates the document itself
Global Sisters Report Correspondent Soli Salgado has been working on this series of stories: La Iglesia Hispana
- Her Latest: El Paso parish's ministries awaken a missionary community
- Another example: Encuentro process invigorates community in parishes
- And another: La RED conference sees US church's future in Hispanic youth
Eucharist in the convent basement by Francine Dempsey, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Albany, N.Y., for 60 years.
On A Nun's Life podcasts, sisters discuss the protocols of praying — how to include others, whether that's appropriate and how to focus on your relationship with God.
South Sudan's future is bound up with fear, something on vivid and visceral display at the large United Nations camps outside of the capital of Juba. Ethnic minorities in South Sudan's camps face insecurity in warring nation
Start your day inspired with daily scripture reflections. Join NCR's sister publication, Celebration, for Daily Bread, a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings.
Or reflect on Pencil Preaching by Pat Marrin. Every morning Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.