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  • Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma have accounted for more than half of 1,407 executions since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, but in recent years rates of executions, even in many death-penalty friendly states (how's that for a license plate slogan?), have slowed considerably.

  • On a blustery, sunny Wednesday afternoon here in London, on the last day of what has been by UK standards a long General Election campaign, no clear winner is evident. Polls suggest a slight edge for the incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, but not enough for an outright win. The polls are usually pretty accurate and British elections rarely witness last-minute mass changes of mind or surges on the part of the electorate, so nobody can predict which of the two main...

  • Yesterday, David Brooks of the New York Times wrote a column lamenting the lack of a rich culture and conversation centered around essential human questions. In one part of his columm, he wrote:

    I doubt people behave worse than before, but we are less articulate about the inner life. There are fewer places in public where people are talking about the things that...

  • Judy McDonald with her service dog Daisy (NICK ABADILLA PHOTOGRAPHY: courtesy USD Magazine)

    Judy McDonald is an American Catholic stand-up comedienne based in San Diego, Calif. Since 1994 she has performed her faith-based stand-up routine in TV shows, military bases, conferences, comedy clubs and parishes.

  • Disgust with Washington is reaching a (Fiorina!) fever pitch this week, with three new Republicans jumping into the presidential race with the boast of having no experience with the federal government. It’s enough to make the most jaded observer believe in the possibility of a transformational election. Oh wait, the election isn’t until next year. Never mind.

  • In the fifth installment of "The Living Word" lecture series, University of Notre Dame scholar and author Msgr. John P. Meier will present "Unfashionable Views on the Parables of Jesus."

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:30pm

    America Bible Society

    1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    Reception to follow.

    The event is free and open to the public. Please respond by May 15 to Margaret Sarci:...

  • The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has confirmed that Pope Francis will receive in private audience the President of the Republic of Cuba, Raul Castro Ruz. The meeting is scheduled to take place during the morning of Sunday, May 10th, in the papal studio of the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. President Castro recently publicly thanked the Pope for the role he played in bringing Cuba and the USA closer together. Pope Francis will travel to Cuba in September before...

  • Yesterday I reported on an organization in Los Angeles that has convinced Mayor Eric Garcetti to reconsider Los Angeles’ high parking ticket fees. They propose that the fees should be set according to Bureau of Labor Statistics’ median hourly wage, which currently stands at $23. Break the law, lose an hour’s wage. Eminently reasonable.

  • “It is the Pope’s desire that this Jubilee be celebrated in Rome as well as in the local Churches,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization that is organizing this year-long event, said at a press briefing in the Vatican on May 5.

    For the first time in the 600 year history of the Jubilee tradition, “there will be an opportunity for individual dioceses to open a Holy Door—The Door of Mercy—either in the Cathedral or in a church of...

  • I’ve had troubles with work for a long time. In the 1960s my struggles to get into graduate school as a wife and mother alerted me to feminist discrimination in the system. Today women still face difficulties in the workplace but other problems also plague our work world. I see my grown children and their peers battling to get a foothold in careers with a future. Middle-aged friends are hit with sudden unemployment when they are downsized by companies that merge, close down or move away.