NCR Today: Charity training churches to prepare for ISIS attack; gay marriage ruling; Catholic schools incorporate pope's green crusade; Swedish bishop mummified with hidden baby
I would like to comment on a few unrelated op-eds, first on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal then on religious freedom.
Sr. Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Blessed Teresa of Kolkata as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity and led the order for 12 years until retiring in 2009, died early Tuesday in Kolkota at age 81.
Church and political leaders paid tribute to Joshi for her devotion to serving poor, sick and hungry people.
"She indeed carried forward the legacy of Mother Teresa, a legacy of love and service to the poorest of the poor through her nuns all around the world," said Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Kolkata, where the order's global headquarters is based.
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a legal milestone on sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem. In a 6-3 ruling, the justices ruled that the U.S. Congress had overstepped its bounds when it passed a law in 2002 requiring the State Department to list Israel as a birth country in U.S. passports for Jerusalem-born Americans.
Like most of the nation, I was shocked and horrified by the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., last week. The cold-blooded killing of nine people. The apparently racist motive of the shooter. The deep sadness in the community.
But then came a development that moved me to tears. Within 24 hours of the killings, some of the family members of the victims said that they forgave the shooter. Yes, forgave him.
NCR readers in and around Chicago, save this date: Oct. 24. A daylong conference to celebrate NCR's 50th anniversary.
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"On the part of the Catholic church, I ask you forgiveness for the non-Christian, even non-human, attitudes and behaviors that, in history, we have had against you."
Pope Francis is a pungent preacher. His blunt rhetoric has electrified the world and effectively changed the church's image from moribund to rejuvenated just as I suspect he was elected to do. The narrative has been extensively revamped.