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Peace & Justice
Opinion: A friend once said we should write our own history. If we don't, somebody else will get it wrong. He was right.
Guatemala City -- Former Guatemala President Gen. Efrain Rios Montt found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Despite testimony that referred to the group's actions as vandalism, the jury found the three guilty of intentionally and willfully harming "the national defense of the United States."
Each of the activists faces three separate charges of destruction of property, "depredation" of government property, and trespassing for the July break-in.
Salesian Sr. Jennifer Kane is a living conversion story, who has gone, she said, from "bombs to Bibles."
A 16-year military veteran who at one time was a missile systems engineer working on intercontinental nuclear weapons, Kane is preparing to make her first profession of vows with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco in August.
How does someone make the conversion?
"By the grace of God, that's the only thing I can tell you," Kane told the Catholic Courier, newspaper of the diocese of Rochester. She said her vocational path "is long and it is crazy."
Renewal of mind, body and spirit was the focus for close to 100 priests who attended the conference of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, held April 22-25.
"The patriotic thing, the American thing, the human thing to do here is to close Guantanamo," writes U.S. Air Force veteran Col. Morris Davis, who on Wednesday posted an online petition that calls for closing the military detention facility.
The biblical admonition "to proclaim liberty to captives" (Luke 4:18) has taken on critical urgency with respect to the 166 prisoners being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. To protest their unjust indefinite detention and dehumanizing mistreatment, many prisoners are now in the third month of a hunger strike, and with each passing day, their health deteriorates.
When Patrick Jordan arrived at the Catholic Worker house in New York City in 1968, it was an exhilarating time for the Franciscan seminarian from California.
"It was just after Vatican II. It was the civil rights era -- the Vietnam War and migrant workers. It was a vital and alive place."