Viewpoint: Two billion people lack access to essential medicines that would alleviate their suffering or even save their lives, resulting in 10 million deaths each year.
Peace & Justice
St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy.
Authorities in Roseburg, in green rolling hills 180 miles south of Portland, identified the shooter Oct. 2 as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, but did not give details about him. The names of those he fatally shot had not yet been released. Nine others were wounded.
At the Intersection: In my creative nonfiction workshop, we are currently reading essays by or about the survivors of mass shootings (or their parents). The timing is an unplanned coincidence.
On this day 50 years ago Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit and address the United Nations.
It was on Oct. 4, 1965, the pontiff said: “No more war, war never again.”
He called for everyone to become peacemakers. He called for our church to rediscover his nonviolent roots.
Peacemaking was not incidental to Paul VI’s talk that day; it was at its heart. The following is taken from that historic address.
NCR Today: Anti-death penalty activists in Oklahoma and Georgia welcomed Pope Francis’ direct intervention in executions in their states, though they have feelings of both sorrow and hope.
NCR Editorials. In three and half years, NCR has editorialized on gun violence and called for common-sense gun control six times. Here are those editorials.
Pope Francis told a joint meeting of Congress he backs efforts to abolish the death penalty. His U.S. nuncio sent letters to appeal on his behalf to commute sentences.
NCR Today: On Sept. 22, the day Pope Francis arrived in Washington, I joined a procession of low-wage workers who were striking against poverty pay at the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has asked the state not to execute Kelly Gissendaner, who was put on death row for the 1997 killing of her husband.
NCR Today: In the course of the pope's whirlwind tour of three gritty American cities, social justice activists have heard much that encourages them.