The Peace Pulpit: "We are the presence of Jesus in the midst of the world ... That calls us to change our lives, to follow the way of Jesus."
The adoption of a framework related to Iran's nuclear program by the United States and other countries is an important step in "advancing a peaceful resolution" to the questions surrounding the program, the chairman of the U.S. bishop's Committee on International Justice and Peace.
Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., said April 8 in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Monday in letters to every member of Congress that the framework was a milestone in the long-standing negotiations to curb the "unacceptable prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons."
I don't ever want to see people go to jail, no matter what they've done. I feel a pang of sorrow when I read about or hear a sentencing on the news. I do want people off the streets who are a danger to us, even though I feel sorry to see them go. But I usually think even their sentences are too long.
Making a Difference: Why is it that when faced with differences of opinion, we often opt for violence instead of dialogue?
The brutal kidnappings and killings in Congo must stop, and the church can help by reaching out to the "perpetrators and accomplices" of the violence, said members of several religious congregations working in Congo.
Hundreds of innocent children and adults have been kidnapped and "butchered" in nighttime raids by armed men in the northeastern area of Beni, said a written statement by members of the general councils of 10 religious orders and congregations that are present in the diocese of Butembo-Beni.
PeaceWorks Kansas City objected to the factory Chris Gentile runs, which assembles non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons.
Missouri groups are working to decrease prison sentences for nonviolent offenders who are good candidates for parole but are denied access to the parole process.
When asked to describe the mystery of Easter, author Carl Knudsen responded with the following story. Years ago, an old municipal lamplighter, engaged in putting out the street lamps one by one, was met by a reporter who asked him if he ever grew weary of his work. After all, it was a lonely job and the night was cold and damp.
"Never am I cheerless," said the old man, "for there is always a light ahead of me to lead me on."
Grace on the Margins: Fordham University gave John O. Brennan, now director of the CIA, an honorary degree in 2012. The decision quickly became a cause of concern.
Book review: The Good Samaritan reflects author Jeff Dietrich's untiring service of feeding and aiding the poor.