Every year on All Souls Day, each of us carry in our hearts loved ones whose lives and memories we cherish. My own heart aches to have recently lost a dear friend, community leader and Dolores Mission ministry colleague, Rita Chairez.
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Last week, this world lost a gentle, pastoral giant. The wide rippling effects of his daily words and actions were a major influence in our country for many years.
The death penalty, rather than offering healing or repairing what has been broken, only continues cycles of harm and violence. By opposing the death penalty, one less family has to grieve the death of their loved ones.
A defense attorney and victim outreach specialist bring restorative justice to one of the most unlikely places: a death penalty case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
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These grieving parents found new meaning in the Lord's Prayer and its call to forgiveness.
The Catholic Church, in particular, has to play a part in addressing this trauma of the past.
In 2008, my older brother Andrew was sentenced to 62 years in prison. But one thing I never had to fear was that his life would be taken by the state in response.
A Catholic sister recalls her visits with Michael Ross before he was put to death in Connecticut's last-ever execution.
"The Phantom" is a new documentary calling into question the aims and ends of our capital punishment system.
A 1972 Supreme Court case temporarily eradicated the U.S. death penalty. Now it's time to end it for good.
The great-grandson of a murder victim reflects on his great-grandmother's quiet holiness and mercy.
Writing to those in prison is a way to bring healing to places of isolation and loneliness.
After participating in CMN's Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity Conference, Ruth Cunnings finds herself imagining restorative justice as a beautiful stained glass window.
After accompanying William LeCroy to his death on Sept. 22, Sr. Barbara Battista reflects on Christ's call to “love our neighbors as ourselves.”
An in-prison educational program fosters transformational relationships.
The federal government's resumption of executions — led by Attorney General William Barr — runs counter to the Gospel of Life.
Catholic sisters in Terre Haute, Indiana respond to the restart of federal executions with faith and action.
If God leaves the door of redemption open to all of us, who are we to close it?
"I was eleven years old when my dad was shot and killed during the robbery of our family business."