Three men who were sentenced to death only to be exonerated years later have a message for America: Abolish the death penalty because the judicial system doesn't work.
Peace & Justice
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, has called for general and complete disarmament, according to a Vatican Radio report.
Chullikatt told the First Committee of the 68th session of the General Assembly that this moment in history offers the opportunity for the world to get rid of chemical and nuclear weapons.
Below is the full text of Chullikatt's speech.
Catholic health care systems must adapt to the new health care law while maintaining mission to serve poor and vulnerable, Sr. Carol Keehan told a Kansas City, Mo., audience.
A key mission of Catholics should be to reduce anger among people, says a retired Indian archbishop noted for his peacemaking efforts.
Inspired by a priest of the Omaha archdiocese, the store invites people in the community of 570 to share gently used goods.
Could the death penalty be dying? Have we had enough of the five methods of state-sanctioned killing: hanging, shooting, gassing, drugging and electrocuting? Are we finally agreeing with Harry Blackmun, who, before retiring from the Supreme Court in 1994, said that the death penalty should be unconstitutional in all cases?
I read with interest both Patrick O'Neill's and Tom Cordaro's analyses of the decline and perhaps the rise of the Catholic peace movement. They are both right that bishops and people of color are absent. But the basic question implies that if we all get out in the streets one more time, we'll stop the military-industrial complex.
Florida's Catholic bishops on Wednesday urged Gov. Rick Scott "to demonstrate mercy and commute" the death sentence of inmate William Frederick Happ and give him life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Happ, 51, is scheduled to be executed the evening of Oct. 15 at Florida State Prison near Starke.
He has been on Florida's death row for 24 years. Happ was convicted in 1989 in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 21-year-old Angela Crowley of Lauderdale Lakes. He received the death penalty as well as three consecutive life sentences.
The settlement, announced Wednesday, effectively ends months of protests, court challenges and public opinion bouts the union waged against the coal companies.
Herman Wallace, 71, experienced three days of freedom after 42 years of solitary confinement before he died Friday.