In March 2011, The New York Times ran a feature on the Pentagon's biggest boondoggles. It is based on a 2009 Government Accountability Office review of defense acquisition programs that found that two-thirds of them suffered cost overruns and delays and that generally they don't meet today's military needs.
Today’s letter, written on March 4, comes from Lasallian Br. Bill Firman, executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan. Furman writes from Juba, South Sudan’s largest city, where BBC Africa reports violence has broken out among the military in the last week.
A champion for the disadvantaged and for fair government practices, Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan adds helping abused overseas workers to her work for social justice in the Philippines.
There is a brutal war going on in the Central African Republic which gets little notice in the media.
"The U.S.-Mexico border is our Lampedusa. Migrants in this hemisphere try to reach it, but often die in the attempt," Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo said.
The Dalai Lama spoke for the first time at Santa Clara University for a public dialogue on business, ethics and compassion.
In her memoir City of God, Sara Miles suggests religion is not so much about belief in doctrine or right behavior, but hunger and desire for abundant life.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz applauded "heroic witness" of Catholic leaders in the region "who stand firm for human rights and democracy."
Today’s letters come from two sisters serving in different parts of South Sudan. As both letters reflect, even in peaceful areas violence is affecting people as they travel, work, go to school and try to live their daily lives.
On Friday, Charity Sr. Patricia Johannsen, who trains teachers in the western state of Yambio wrote: