Loretto Sr. Carina Vetter, who died last year in her 90s, made a little prayer card some years back that read, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
Making a Difference: After nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, Palestinians feel hopeless. By acting on their behalf, we do our part to keep Christ in Christmas.
2016: No one imagined then that frustrations about race and racism in the United States, which began with the police shootings, were about to get worse in the later part of 2016.
One part of Ricky Javon Gray’s legal defense team is preparing a clemency appeal, while another prepares to challenge the lethal injection drugs slated for use in the execution.
Commentary: The church's Jubilee Year of Mercy confronts us with Ricky Gray who stands in need of God's mercy made real in the world.
With a president-elect who made campaign promises to form "deportation forces" and remove 11 million immigrants, many are facing 2017 with trepidation.
Refugee issue in 2016: Estimates this year placed the number of immigrants worldwide at 65 million — 21 million of them refugees — with many millions more labeled "internally displaced" only because they still live within the borders of their birth country. Refugees and what to do about the situation raised continued attention during the marathon presidential race. The United States, cognizant of the swelling number of refugees, accepted roughly 100,000 from around the world for fiscal 2016, which ran Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, and announced its intent to accept 110,000 in fiscal 2017.
Simply Spirit: Aside from the usual suspects -- laity and nuns -- bishops are exercising prophetic leadership in opposing the massive deportation of refugees.
Supreme Court judge on death penalty: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered harsh criticism of the death penalty Dec. 12 in a dissent to the court's decision not to hear a Florida inmate's death penalty appeal.
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus is preaching a whole different kind of message than John the Baptist and many of the prophets, and John found it hard to accept."