NCR Today: Anti-death penalty activists in Oklahoma and Georgia welcomed Pope Francis’ direct intervention in executions in their states, though they have feelings of both sorrow and hope.
"The death penalty is extremely expensive, it puts innocent lives at risk, it's hard on victims' families, and it gives government another unnecessary power."
Reaction was mixed to the May 15 jury sentencing of death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Tsarnaev had been convicted April 8 of all 30 counts lodged against him in the bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds. Of those 30 counts, 17 carried the death penalty, and jurors imposed the death sentence on six of those -- all in connection with placing a bomb on Boylston Street along the marathon route.
Sr. Helen Prejean said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is "genuinely sorry for what he did" and told her how he felt about the suffering he caused to the bombing's victims.
Hundreds of Christian religious leaders of various churches signed onto a Holy Week call to end the death penalty in the United States.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Francis DeBernardo's days are filled with joy because of the good things that happen in our world, especially for the LGBT movement.
As Hurricane Katrina approached in 2005, Msgr. Ignatius Roppolo had a decision to make: evacuate or stay with those in the hospital? He chose to stay.
NCR Today: This week in the media: a sister doles out massages at the ballpark, and one shares the secret of a long, happy life.