Just Catholic: Margaret Atwood, who wrote The Handmaid's Tale, calls it speculative fiction. What might happen. What could happen. If truth be told, we all think about that.
Distinctly Catholic: As President Donald Trump continued his first trip abroad, it is hard to imagine two countries less alike than Saudi Arabia and Israel, but they do share enmity against Iran.
Reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy," as provided for in President Donald Trump's Jan. 23 executive memorandum, took effect May 15.
"(It) ensures that U.S. taxpayers will no longer subsidize foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortion on demand," said the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.
Trump's memorandum also expanded the policy, now called "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance," according to Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, who is the caucus co-chair.
Four former U.S. ambassadors told NCR that they expect Francis to take advantage of the opportunity in the upcoming meeting. They said they hope Trump does the same.
A U.S. congressman told attendees at a Washington summit on Christian persecution that "more than ever before, vigorous U.S. leadership and diplomacy are needed to address religious freedom violations globally."
"Religious persecution is festering and exploding around the world. What has been unconscionable for decades, centuries, has gotten worse," Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said May 12 in remarks at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.
News outlets are reporting: Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will be Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.
Faith and Justice: When a pope meets a U.S. president, it's normally low on conflict. But with surprising Francis and volatile Trump, it's harder to predict how it will go.
Commentary: When President Donald Trump meets with Pope Francis next week, a word from the pope could make the difference in keeping the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations on track.
NCR Today: Trump's detention policies are under scrutiny. But "prevention through deterrence" began with Clinton and continued under Bush and Obama. It's U.S. policy.
U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month as part of his first foreign trip.