Cairo: Francis and Tawadros signed the surprise declaration at the Orthodox St. Mark Cathedral, a significant step forward in relations between the Roman Catholic and Coptic Orthodox Churches.
The Peace Pulpit: We try to be like those first disciples and see where there is a need, fulfill that need, bring God's goodness and God's love to every part of our world.
In the Washington Post, the most intelligent critic of Trump from the right, Michael Gerson, assess the new president at the 100 day mark. Withering.
Environmentalist Bill McKibben headlines the People's Climate March on the National Mall April 29, where he will forcefully make the case that the Earth hangs in the balance.
In Conversation: NCR Bertelsen intern Kristen Daniels on the Arkansas executions; Catholic Mobilizing Network's Karen Clifton advocates for restorative justice; Michael Sean Winters on 100 days of Trump.
NCR Today: If the legislation passes, the most populous U.S. state would say it does not support the Trump administration's threat to deport some 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams April 27, making him the fourth person to be executed by the state in 8 days; concerns over lethal injection protocol raised after conflicting reports.
As a Catholic scholar who writes about religion, politics and policy, I understand how Christians struggle with the death penalty. Is the death penalty anti-Christian?
Cairo: At a peace conference hosted at the world's oldest center of Muslim learning, Pope Francis called on global religious leaders to condemn violent extremism.
We say: Chairman Tom Perez's U-turn on Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello shows the party finally joining Republicans in being held hostage to extremist abortion orthodoxy.
Belgium's Catholic Church has apologized for its role in mistreating mixed-race people, who were born in colonial times to European fathers and African mothers and later taken away for adoption.
"The history of many metis, born of a Congolese, Rwandan or Burundian mother and a white father (serving) in one of these countries, is an obscure episode of Belgian colonization," the bishops' conference said in an April 26 statement.
Campus Notebook: New presidents announced for Gwynedd Mercy University and Fairfield University; Students for Justice in Palestine did not get club status at Fordham University; Ignatian Solidarity Network honors Trinity Washington University president.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Distinctly Catholic: Congressional Republicans wonder how long they have to accomplish their objectives before the investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia blow up.
Young Voices: I recite the Hours in the now-empty classroom where moments ago I was tugging on jackets, separating quarrelers, hustling and cajoling 16 kindergartners out the door.
The Field Hospital: In unincorporated Denver, a mission church with a history of serving the working-class Latino community will celebrate its final Mass on April 30, 2017.
France's Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country's "worst ever" and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from "losing its sense."
New Pew Research Center survey released April 26: American adults with higher levels of education do report lower levels of religious commitment by most measures, according to Pew's analysis, with the exception of Christians.
The case filed against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court in The Hague is a "very good step" toward stopping drug-related killings, a Catholic bishop said.
Appreciation: Fr. Charles Curran remembers the late federal judge whose wide-ranging scholarship brought him into the debate over Catholic teaching against contraception.
Today marks the final day in Arkansas' original plan to execute eight men in 11 days. Kenneth Williams is scheduled for execution April 27 at 7 p.m. CST.
In the Washington Post, Julie Zauzmer on the nascent "Christian Left" and the hurdles they face.
NCR Today: Pope Francis did a TED talk; women religious against Thailand's sex tourism; France looks ahead to election; Brexit fallout continues; Venezuela in chaos
Distinctly Catholic: A moratorium on lawsuits by Puerto Rico's creditors expires on Friday, April 28, so the time for action is now. Will Congress cave to hedge funds?