"Only God's mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst," the pope said Dec. 25.
Commentary: Confronted with the threat of terrorism, political fear mongering and the disorienting din of a 24-hour news cycle, the Christian path is hopeful, but a harder journey.
The Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage was named the most important religion news story of the year by the Religion Newswriters Association, an organization of professional religion journalists.
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NCR Today: Pope Francis has "given the bishops' synod back its freedom" said a German cardinal at a three-day international theological congress in Munich.