Mary Ann McGivern, a Sister of Loretto, works with people who have felony convictions and advocates for criminal justice. She lived at a Catholic Worker house for 28 years. She has been a public radio commentator and written plays and a cookbook. She lives in St. Louis.

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Seven scripts for calling Congress

Tired of calling your members of Congress every day? Tired of saying the same old thing? Maybe these suggested messages will help. I’m using one a day and then starting over.

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The costs of war keep mounting

My brother Dave, a Vietnam vet, just got good news. His lymphoma caused by Agent Orange is in remission. I've been considering all of the ripple effects of war since he became been so ill. 

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Can US Catholics attempt racial truth and reconciliation?

NCR Today: We Catholics, white Catholics specifically, need the will to open our eyes and examine our own racist behavior. Safe spaces in parishes could help in admitting bias.

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Thank you to the whistleblowers and leakers

NCR Today: Former intelligence contractor Reality Winner and others who are telling us what is happening in government are taking huge risks in an effort to safeguard democracy.

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