The life of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95, was virtually unparalleled in examples of forgiveness and humility. I feel blessed to have had two personal encounters with this spiritual giant. The first came ten years back, when, in Washington having lunch with the late NCR columnist Jesuit Fr. Robert Drinan, Mandela unexpectedly appeared. It was shortly after Drinan and I had arrived and we were still standing near the door waiting to be seated. Drinan turned around and with that large Drinan grin, approached the former South African president.
Peace & Justice
Judge Robert L. Jokl Jr. said he wanted to find five anti-drone activists guilty, but the prosecutor failed to prove the activists had criminal intent.
Commentary: I never expect to be affirmed for what I do. So it was shocking to receive affirmation for my efforts from the pope.
John Dennis Apel protested outside a California Air Force base every month for 17 years. After a series of arrests, the Supreme Court is set to decide if anti-military protests are free speech.
I went to Fort Benning, Ga., over the weekend to join the call for the closing of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, also known as the School of the Americas.
Opinion: America needs a comprehensive national strategy to end hunger, a strategy based on the fundamental human right to food.
Terri Steinberg said she never thought about the death penalty until her son was put on death row.
Review: In Occupy Spirituality, the authors summon us to a dialogue of openness to the genuine needs and insights of the people, especially the "new generation."
Mother Agnes Mariam on a speaking tour of the U.S. said she wants all foreign parties out of Syria so reconciliation can be negotiated.
THANK YOU, ANARCHY: NOTES FROM THE OCCUPY APOCALYPSE
By Nathan Schneider
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