A former Kansas City pastor was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.
Kansas City, Mo.
The Wednesday hearings quickly turned colorful when two activists refused to pay their fines and demanded jail time.
Tōrō nagashi is the Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns. This is done based on the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world. The ceremony is also done by many peace communities to commemorate those lost in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945.
"Gatherings such as this are much more powerful than a nuclear weapon," one protestor said.
Part educational, part fundraiser and part interactive, the experience allows students to show solidarity with the nearly 43 million displaced persons worldwide.
Diana Butler Bass says in the 21st century, the Catholic church has become less of an institution and more of a church of the people of God.
Prior to Tuesday's start of the conclave in Rome, students in the freshmen class at Notre Dame de Sion, an all-girls Catholic high school here, participated in their very own conclave beginning March 6.
The project began at the end of February, when 117 freshmen girls were each assigned a cardinal.
Students researched their cardinals in the library, and some used NCR as a resource tool. They used their research to create pagelong profiles of their cardinals, which were then hung in the school's dining hall sorted by country.
Actor and activist Mike Farrell, best known for his role as Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series "M.A.S.H.", spoke against the death penalty Tuesday at Notre Dame de Sion, an all-girls Catholic high school here.
Farrell spoke to about 45 students, mostly sophomores, on the importance of human dignity and its relevance to abolishing the death penalty.
Michael Greene founded the National Catholic Reporter in 1964. After he left the newspaper, he turned to philanthropy and social justice advocacy.
The dismissal means SNAP and its executive director, David Clohessy, will not be held in contempt of court while lawyers wait on the verdict of an appeal.