Last week marked the 10th anniversary of Facebook, the social networking site founded more or less (see the 2010 film "The Social Network") by Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm room at Harvard University. OK, Wikipedia says he co-founded Facebook with four other guys, but we really don't remember them, do we? And there were three others who claimed Zuckerberg stole their idea, a legal battle that was settled out of court. In an interview Feb.
NCR Today: A GOP Senate? Films touch Catholic church; N.Y. bishops push state DREAM Act; Ireland's same-sex referendum.
Cherish Life Circle, the anti-death-penalty advocacy group, has begun a petition drive appealing to Pope Francis to intervene on behalf of David Paul Hammer, who faces a death sentence for the killing of a cellmate 20 years ago.
Hammer is in the Special Confinement Unit of the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.
Strive for civility: We are close to restoring the comment feature to our website, so I thought readers would appreciate an update on what we've been thinking and working on.
Level headed church people have signed on to the Congressional Farm Bill and I'm sorely pressed to applaud politely. I'd been among those who has championed compromise in the face of a polarized House and Senate. "Let us come and reason together" and all that.
But now I balk because of that $8 billion cut in food stamps deemed necessary to win the "good stuff" like ending direct payments to farmers to do nothing. To me, it's not an equivalency: food stamps are a matter of core humanity while payments are a by-product of messy strategy.
Peace activists on the East and West coasts were on trial this week for their opposition to the U.S. drone program, reports blogger David Swanson over at warisacrime.org.
NCR Today: How about NOT firing a pregnant, unwed teacher? Gay marriage in Scotland; St. Samurai.
I am a pretty unlikely candidate to be defending Pope Benedict XVI, but I do feel some of the recent criticism he has received has not been justified and is perhaps misguided.
Veteran journalist John L. Allen Jr., in his last column for the National Catholic Reporter, spoke on a number of issues, but one was the recent Rolling Stone cover story on Pope Francis and the criticism it directed toward Pope Benedict.
Beginning in 2005, after decades of civil war in South Sudan, bishops of that country invited international religious communities to consider serving in South Sudan. Since that point, members of men’s and women’s congregations have been committed to a presence to support the church through the collaborative project, Solidarity with South Sudan, which prepares and supports people to respond to the immense needs there in health care, agriculture, education and parish ministry.
Review: "The Monuments Men" is at once simple and complex and about so much more than the greatest treasure hunt in history.