George Herriman's strip took "notions of good and evil and faith and free will, and addressed them all quite actively in the 34 years that Krazy Kat walked among us," said his biographer.
Spiritual Reflections: We may be people who wonder what God might be up to. We may choose to allow authorities to give us the answers.
Our Lenten Journey: "Silence" takes us on a journey we would most likely not take on our own. We are left with a sense of mystery and questions about the choices the characters make, their doubt and faith.
Eco Catholic: Permit approval clears one hurdle, but others remain — including clearance of its Nebraska route — before the pipeline becomes operational.
From the Washington Post:
House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a Republican rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“We just pulled it,” President Trump told the Washington Post in a telephone interview.
The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).
Vatican City -- The pope called on the political leaders to fight populism and to refuse to yield to fear in the face of the continuing migrant crisis.
Two Ohio State University student groups want their school to cut ties with Wendy’s unless the fast-food chain joins the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program.
Three refugees, among them a Trump supporter, and a border diocese bishop were part of the March 20 panel discussion that explored immigration reform.
NCR In Conversation: NCR talks to Irish journalist Sarah Mac Donald about the meaning of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland and its particular emphasis on support for immigrants.
At Politico, the blame game begins, even before the vote as President Trump lashes out at the Freedom Caucus over their continued opposition to the health care bill. This bill should fail, albeit not for the reasons the Freedom Caucus opposes it, but if it were to pass, the only good thing would be that said caucus would be severely crippled. On the other hand, if the vote fails, Trump will be severely crippled.
Two of the most interesting photo ops of France’s current presidential election campaign took place last month 2,000 miles away in Lebanon — and they were all about religious optics.
In one, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen called off a scheduled meeting with Grand Mufti Abdellatif Deriane just outside his Beirut office when the Muslim cleric’s staff insisted she don a headscarf before going in for the meeting.
With the video cameras rolling, she emphatically refused.
College roundup: South Bend family gifts $50 million to Notre Dame for institute to study world religions; Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities does not support Trump's proposed higher education budget.
The Mind of the Speaker. Shortly after Rep. Paul Ryan took up the House Speaker post, commentator John Gehring assessed the theological underpinnings of Ryan's political agenda. Its worth revisiting that assessment -- especially today.
Felicita Chipana was at work when the Rimac River began to rise. By the time she got home, her kitchen was gone, swept away by floodwaters that left scores of families homeless on the east side of this sprawling capital city.
"We have no water, no electricity, and there are mosquitoes everywhere," she said as a bulldozer cleared sediment out of the river channel below what remained of her rustic house.
Her granddaughter had developed a fever after being bitten by mosquitoes, and her daughter had taken the child to the hospital.
NCR Today: One would expect universal outrage from both the Israeli government and Jewish-American organizations to the resurgence in anti-Semitism. Yet this is not the case.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
NCR Today: House GOP health care law showdown in the House today (who'd a thunk it?); Oh the irony -- Democrats may be Trump's saviors; 'Populorum Progressio' at 50; Guam archdiocese faces 33 clergy abuse lawsuits.
Health Care Debate. Republican plan would likely result in skimpier insurance plans that exclude the gravely ill and put consumers at greater financial risk if they need care.
Distinctly Catholic: Democrats should vote for Gorsuch, but they should establish that opposition to a nominee's judicial philosophy will justify a no, going forward.
50th anniversary: Popularum Progressio institutionalized social action efforts in the U.S. Catholic Church that continue in one form or another today
50th anniversary: The document raised the profile of the church's concern for people in the global south at a time when European colonialism was declining.
Faith and Justice: The Democrats can fight Trump tooth and nail and perhaps save him and the country from himself. The alternative is to sit back and let Donald be Donald
Young Voices: Romero continues to inspire us. His truth-telling and martyrdom offers me a real example of how I can stand with my sisters and brothers, the people of God.
The Field Hospital: St. Peter's Parish in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, has a home for guests who share a common trait. They are expected to die within six months.
Washington -- Major media outlets are reporting that the House of Representatives won't vote on their long-promised replacement law for Obamacare today. From the Chicago Tribune:
GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test.