Film Review: The documentary, which premieres on PBS Monday night, offers a warning to women considering military service, Sr. Rose Pacatte says.
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It’s always fascinating for me to interview those of other faith traditions and sometimes discover similarities with Catholicism. And Islam certainly has some similarities.
NCR Today: Philippines elections; Irish abortion laws; Catholics for Choice in Kenya.
The Dalai Lama spoke at the University of Maryland in College Park on Tuesday. I believe there are several words of wisdom worth pondering in the Dalai Lama's remarks.
"Sit down. No formality! We are the same. The way we are born. The way we die."
"When I look at you, if I think I am Tibetan, I am Buddhist, I am Dalai Lama -- nonsense. That kind of thing leads to problems."
Catholic News Services has a great video interview with Dominican Fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas discussing the relationship between Pope Francis and liberation theology.
Check out all of CNS' videos on their youtube channel.
I was at a march and rally Thursday* to raise the wage for fast-food workers. It's the beginning of a union-organizing campaign, and at least 50 of my old friends from other peace and justice campaigns were there. With us were hundreds of young people, black and white, chanting vigorously, "You can't survive on seven-thirty-five." (The minimum wage in the state of Missouri is $7.35.)
We carried signs that read "I am a man" and "I am a woman." A couple of my friends and a few strangers asked me what the sign meant.
NCR Today: Pinochet-era navy officers found guilty of murdering priest; 2 popes meet; Another NJ diocese seeks info on Fr. Fugee.
Maltese Sr. Carmen Sammut, the leader of her congregation since 2011, takes over from the first American to hold the post.
Tomorrow, one of my favorite members of Congress, Jim Moran (D-VA) will be shining a light on the long-forgotten issue of Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Congressman Moran will be hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill to address the growing concerns of the 100 or more detainees who are presently on hunger strike. Countless medical experts have agreed that the conditions in which these individuals are held is a form of psychological torture. Countless legal experts have agreed that their detainment is still in clear conflict with international law. Despite review boards clearing the vast majority of these individuals for release, the US taxpayers are still paying upwards of $800,000 per detainee.
A friend of mine got a letter from a prisoner in Delano, Calif. My friend is 93, active and generous. She answered the first letter, but doesn't know what to do now.
The letter is marked "Inmate Indigent Mail," so I suppose the state of California paid for it. The inmate was at risk of a 42-year sentence, but he says he put himself in God's hands and the prosecutor offered him release in March 2014.