NCR Today: Francis declares year of jubilee with "wow" document; Hillary's running; in Boston and Manila, Catholics call for end to death penalty.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese poet and peace teacher, has returned to his hermitage at Plum Village, France following more than four months of convalescence after a November stroke.
EVANSTON, IL -- Family and friends gathered here on a clear spring day April 11 to celebrate the live of longtime NCR correspondent Robert McClory. They packed St. Nicholas church to share their sorrows and stories and to express personally their admiration for a man recalled as priest, husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, reporter, author, activist and faithful dissenter.
Dennis Gray, the veteran Associated Press correspondent and bureau chief in Southeast Asia, has a powerful piece looking back at the U.S. withdrawal from Cambodia 40 years ago.
For the general public, the pullout is largely forgotten, overshadowed by the mass, hysteric flight from Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War three weeks later. But for historians and political analysts, the withdrawal from Cambodia signifies the first of what then-US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger termed “bug-outs.”
Every year, Easter is a different experience.
As a child, I loved the Easter Triduum. Those days between Lent and Easter were unlike any others. They were filled with incense and action, a quiet interlude filled with drama and reverence as we moved toward the joy of Easter. There was reverence embedded in the atmosphere. The congregation moved about the church differently, making liturgy at once both arresting and enchanting.
I was in New York recently and was reminded of the morning parking ritual -- move the car before the street cleaners come at 9 a.m., except on days when alternate side parking is suspended. Alternate side parking is suspended for all the legal holidays (including Christmas and New Year's, which are Catholic holy days as well) and sometimes for snow. Parking rules are also suspended for a variety of religious holidays and one ethnic one. Here they are:
NCR Today: Scottish bishops denounce nuke weapons; Gov't support of the rich; Does the pope need his own theologian and is Cardinal Kasper the guy?
NCR Today: More ordinations in 2015; Obama calls for an end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth; "zone of tolerance" for Rome prostitutes.
Q and A: In January, Bede Bidlack was dismissed from the jury pool in the Boston marathon bombing case because he refused to support the death penalty.
A recent column by American political columnist Robert Reich examines the influence of big money on American non-profits and academia.