News Briefs

Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., who served from 1983 to 2008 as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, died in Beirut, Lebanon, on Nov. 26, just four days shy of his 88th birthday. • In a report released on Nov. 30, Caritas Europa charged that austerity policies have left 120 million people in Europe “living in or at risk of poverty...a clear indication that current social protection systems are not keeping their promise.” • Colombia’s Congress ratified a revised peace agreement with FARC rebels on Nov. 30, the apparent epilogue to four years of negotiations, a stunning referendum-rejection and last-minute compromises. • Pax Christi International called for a new peace process between Israelis and Palestinians and a return to a dialogue “rooted in mutual respect for human rights and the dignity of the other” in a statement released on Dec. 1. • After the deaths of more than 9,100 Haitians, outgoing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon apologized on Dec. 1 for the United Nations’ role in the spread of cholera in Haiti, but stopped short of admitting that U.N. peacekeepers brought the disease to the country in 2010.

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Almost all major cities in the United States have experienced major decreases in violent crime over the past 25 years.
James T. KeaneFebruary 24, 2017
This is not a country at ease with itself, if it ever were. The United Kingdom continues to display more and more intolerance and anger.
David StewartFebruary 24, 2017

On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage and our good fortune to be Americans.

George J. MitchellFebruary 24, 2017
“The Catholic Church stands in love with the Jewish community in the current face of anti-Semitism.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 24, 2017