On the 39th anniversary of the closing of the Vietnam War, 20 percent of the countryside is still littered with thousands of unexploded bombs and munitions; the very poor have taken to diffusing them to sell for scrap, and many lives and limbs are lost each year by farmers and others who accidentally dig them up.
Despite progress in defeating extreme global poverty, most Americans see no end in sight, according to a survey sponsored by Compassion International.
Christians who attend church at least monthly and consider religion very important in their life overwhelmingly (96 percent) expressed concern about the world's poorest people. But they were skeptical that global poverty could be ended in the next 25 years. Only 41 percent of the group said it was possible.
A couple of years ago, a woman I'll call Ann saw me give a television interview about prison sentencing reform. She phoned me right away to tell me about her son, who, she said, received a 10-year sentence in federal prison for his second marijuana possession. A lawyer was filing an appeal, but she didn't know if he would be successful.
Alas, I didn't have any hope to hold out to her. Congress seems even less likely than the Missouri legislature to shorten drug possession sentences, and such reform benefits are almost never retroactive, though there's no reason they couldn't be.
A judge in Miami ruled that former Salvadoran Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia "assisted or otherwise participated in" torture and assassinations, including the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Opinion: To prevent future tragedies fueled by hate like Sunday's shooting at a Jewish community center, we must begin by getting to know others and showing we care.
Benedictine Sr. Edita Eslopor and fellow Typhoon Haiyan survivors gained Cardinal Luis Tagle’s support for their effort to press the Philippines government for more efficient and humanitarian response to the crisis left by the devastating typhoon that hit the central Philippines in November.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Jesuit Fr. George Williams sees his prison ministry as part of Jesuit teaching, not a way to waste his life.
An app is now available that provides real-time alerts for every reported U.S. drone strike.
Had the controversial divestment resolution passed, it would have made Loyola's student body the first at a Catholic university to adopt the position.
For social justice seekers of the 21st century, tactics used by the community organizers and philanthropists of years passed are passé.