NCR Today: After 30 years a pastor, this convert became head of the diocese of Sapporo, Japan, and a leader of the Japanese bishops' peace and justice efforts.
Japan: The bishops have issued a new appeal, urging international solidarity over the long-term "harm" caused by nuclear power and the damage it may inflict on human dignity.
NCR Today: A proposed change to the so-called pacifist clause of Japan's constitution has called the country's relatively small Catholic church to action.
"The heat and blast from the bomb was so intense that it was if the sun had exploded," recalled Hiroshima survivor Toshiyuki Mimaki.
Say No to Nukes. A nonviolent witness and prayers for repentance are planned outside the White House Aug. 6.
Parish Diary: In a shrinking world, as religions and cultures interact and sometimes react, priests can be instruments of peace beyond their church walls.
I awoke this morning with NPR, as I usually do, and heard poetic words from President Obama speaking in Hiroshima, Japan:
“…among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them. …”
A small c catholic: Catholic writers have focused on the question of why suffering exists in the world if God is good and loving.
NCR Today: Guests enjoyed desserts from 80 different chefs at a charitable function to help the hungry.
Eco Catholic: At least 350 people died in the wake of Sunday's massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the South American nation.