Social justice activists from around the country gathered recently to launch a "Year of Encounter with Pope Francis" to build on the pope's attention to the poor and marginalized.
Peace & Justice
A divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the sabotage convictions of three Plowshares protestors, one of them a nun in her mid-80s, and remanded the case to a lower court.
The three-judge panel upheld one conviction against the trio on a charge of depredation of property.
The decision was issued Friday.
Judges Raymond J. Kethledge and Jeffrey J. Helmick voted to overturn the convictions. Judge Danny J. Boggs dissented from the majority decision.
Sr. Helen Prejean said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is "genuinely sorry for what he did" and told her how he felt about the suffering he caused to the bombing's victims.
Nuclear weapons' destructiveness seems to cloud adequate moral responses. From the vantage of the faith-based, these weapons have raised monumental moral issues.
It's a tough world we live in. But when the toughness, the injustice, is supported by U.S. policy, then the suffering we see others endure is ours to suffer with them. This isn't God's doing. It's our doing, and so it is up to us to recognize the wrongs done in our name and, as best we can, stand against them.
The mood at the monthlong talks being held in New York is somber. Few expect breakthroughs, and without a breakthrough, serious disarmament is in doubt.
Last week, the Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, Jean-Clement Jeanbart, came to the U.S. to raise awareness about the plight of Christians in his country. I had the opportunity to spend 45 minutes with him and to go into some depth about the civil war tearing apart the country.
Commentary: In the era of Pope Francis, the whole event has the taste of rotten eggs that should have been thrown out long ago.
In a 1967 speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. offered an analysis of urban riots that is worth reading today.
At the Intersection: People in communities across the U.S. are being beaten and left for dead by systems that fail them every day. Whose community is it?