Porsia Tunzi, a graduate of St. Mary's College of Calif. and Pepperdine University, is a former Bertelsen intern at NCR. After spending five years teaching high school religion, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

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Book Review

The intersection between beauty and justice

Edited by Laurie Cassidy and Maureen H. O’Connell
Published by Liturgical Press, $29.95

Education empowers the poor, top Christian Brother says

More than 300 people, including students, faculty, staff and outside community members, filled the Saint Mary’s College Chapel in Moraga, Calif. April 24 to honor Christian Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria during the annual Convocation Mass of De La Salle Week, which also marked the university's 150th anniversary.

Echeverria, superior general of the Christian Brothers in Rome, delivered an address on the societal benefits of empowering the poor through globalization in education. He also received an honorary doctoral degree at the event.

Echeverria said:

Pope Francis envisions more dialogue with Muslims

A Seattle Times article, "Pope Francis embodies the saint who talked peace with Muslims" by Aziz Junejo, spoke to Pope Francis’ vision of a more open and growing dialog between the Catholic church and Islamic communities.

An NCR reader sent us this suggestion, saying “I was touched and encouraged by this article in the Faith and Values section of the Seattle Times April 15. It deserves a broader readership than just the Pacific Northwest and would be meaningful to NCR readership.”

Communion? Decide for yourself, Gumbleton says

NCR Today: Detroit's retired auxiliary bishop spoke out against an archbishop's statement that Catholics who support gay marriage should not receive Communion.