In the wake of U.S. government apprehending and deporting Central American migrants who entered the U.S. illegally, interest groups and parishioners are organizing to help the migrants.
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.
The State Board of Pardons and Parole in Georgia on Tuesday rejected pleas from Catholic and other death penalty opponents that death-row inmate Warren Lee Hill be given clemency because he has a low IQ.
His execution by lethal injection scheduled for that evening was to go forward as scheduled at the state prison in Jackson, unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervened. News reports said he had come within hours of execution three times before in recent years.
Even though the crowd was smaller than in the past, the spirit remained powerful for the 2,000 people who came to the gathering.
The story of how the government has tried to silence the school's critics is also the story of how SOA-trained officers have silenced its victims forever.
Fr. Ismael Moreno, known as Padre Melo, was friends with the Jesuit priests slain by SOA graduates in El Salvador in 1989.
The new proposal would return the protest to its traditional site, but would still close half the street instead of the entire roadway.
The Columbus, Ga., police department told SOA Watch that the city will not close the street to traffic and that only 200 people would be allowed to attend the gathering.
Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Atlanta archdiocese and the diocese of Savannah in Georgia.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales.
Set to take effect July 1, the law was opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference.
Writing in his column in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese, the archbishop said he regrets the enactment of the new law "more than I can possibly express."