Death takes a holiday

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Article Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice
But the question is whether executions will take a permanent vacation in the United States.

Something didn't happen in October that you may not have noticed not happening. For the first time in three years, no one in the United States was executed by the state. Confronted by mounting evidence that "improvements" in the process of state-administered homicide may not be as merciful to the condemned as advertised, the U.S. Supreme Court gave notice to America's judiciary that it intended to review the process.


Claretian missionary reports on post-election violence in Kenya

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Article Social Justice
As the election crisis in Kenya continued Claretian Missionaries around the world received an update from one of their own, Kenyan native Father Robert Omondi, C.M.F. in Mombassa.

See no evil

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Article Social Justice
While much of the world has closed its eyes to the genocide in Darfur, Catholics are helping refugees and spreading the word about the tragedy.

Along with his sister and her children, Ousman Adam Abdullah now shares the dusty confines of his tent in eastern Chad with the ghosts of his past. Thinking back on the attack that forced him to flee Darfur and separated him from his family members-including a son and three daughters whose fate he does not know-Abdullah recalls much of the ordeal as if it were a dream he can only process in simple sentences.


See no evil

By David Snyder| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
While much of the world has closed its eyes to the genocide in Darfur, Catholics are helping refugees and spreading the word about the tragedy.

Along with his sister and her children, Ousman Adam Abdullah now shares the dusty confines of his tent in eastern Chad with the ghosts of his past. Thinking back on the attack that forced him to flee Darfur and separated him from his family members-including a son and three daughters whose fate he does not know-Abdullah recalls much of the ordeal as if it were a dream he can only process in simple sentences.


Hot enough for you?

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Article Environment
The world's poor face an even bleaker future than polar bears, thanks to global warming.

 

Global warming has proved one of the rare issues capable of uniting Christians of all persuasions into a more or less coherent chorus for change. A lot of folks have been moved to a call for action on global warming and the related phenomenon of climate change by a biblical understanding of their responsibilities as stewards of creation. According to this perspective, we are mere trustees of a creation and a future that is not our own.


'Homeless' Catholics, defying partisan labels, meet in Washington

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The annual Woodstock for Catholic social justice geeks, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, opened this morning with a keynote address from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development John Carr. The meeting convenes representatives from a gamut of Catholic institutions such as Catholic Relief Services, the USCCB, Catholic Charities USA, and more in a conference part workshop and part lobbying opportunity.

'Homeless' Catholics, defying partisan labels, meet in Washington

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Article Politics Social Justice
  
The annual Woodstock for Catholic social justice geeks, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, opened this morning with a keynote address from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development John Carr. The meeting convenes representatives from a gamut of Catholic institutions such as Catholic Relief Services, the USCCB, Catholic Charities USA, and more in a conference part workshop and part lobbying opportunity.

Mideast peace process in 2008: Breakthrough or bust?

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Article Politics Social Justice War and Peace

 

The year of 2008 could be an important one for brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, said Stephen Colecchi, director of International Justice and Peace for the USCCB at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington.

Mideast peace process in 2008: Breakthrough or bust?

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Article Politics Social Justice War and Peace

 

The year of 2008 could be an important one for brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, said Stephen Colecchi, director of International Justice and Peace for the USCCB at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington.

Post-Katrina America: What the waters left behind

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Two and a half years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast could be a "training ground" for the issues that face the United States today, Norman Francis, president for Xavier University in New Orleans told the USCCB 2008 Social Ministry Gathering. He said a renewed rebuilding effort could be a template for a new way to approach the nation's racial, social, and economic divides.

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