Making a Difference: Can the death and destruction of armed conflict ever be justified? For the first disciples of Christ, the answer was a resounding, "No!"
Lt. Col. Oliver North, of Iran-Contra Affair fame, is the scheduled keynote speaker for a Sept. 13 benefit dinner to support the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.
Although Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, "we have never seen the kind of 'religious cleansing' we are witnessing today," said the head of the region's Franciscans.
"All religious communities must raise their voices against this abomination" being carried out, particularly in Iraq and Syria, by terrorists calling themselves the Islamic State, said Franciscan Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land.
Fifty-three religious leaders and thinkers, including Catholics, asked Obama to "break the cycle of violent intervention" and gave him eight alternate approaches.
Ministry & Mission: Over the past 10 years, Mary Sue Carlson has devoted herself to assisting the poor, not only with money, but by actively recognizing their humanity.
Three protesters were arrested Aug. 22 outside of a Kansas City, Mo., nuclear weapons parts facility for trespassing on private property. The three men were part of a larger demonstration, protesting the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new facility.
We say: That year is important because it was the year the U.S. took its first steps down a regrettable path that has gone on for nearly 25 years.
When it comes to the use of military force, Americans tend to be in two camps: those who want it to defeat our enemies and those who oppose it.
Pope Francis' remarks about armed intervention in Iraq has Catholic commentators trying to explain the nuances of the church's position on humanitarian intervention.
The new proposal would return the protest to its traditional site, but would still close half the street instead of the entire roadway.