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Restorative justice seen as a critical piece of criminal justice reform

Restorative justice should be advocated as a key element in criminal justice reform, according to participants at an April 25 conference in Washington sponsored by the Catholic Mobilizing Network.

Power of words: Listening must lead to action, abuse survivors say

Pope Francis' planned meeting with abuse survivors from Chile could mark a turning point in how the Catholic Church deals not just with prevention, but especially with how it responds to accusations.

Scholarship is necessary part of seminary formation

NCR Today: Seminary formation requires critical change. Seminarians need the opportunity to think and explore ideas and trends in the world and apply themselves to determining how the church can wisely engage with the outside world.

Pope: Without love, service, church is just an 'empty institution'

The example of selfless love and humble service set forth by Jesus at the Last Supper is the foundation of the Catholic Church's mission in the world, Pope Francis said.

Nicaraguan bishops accept mediation role

The bishops' conference of Nicaragua has accepted an invitation to mediate talks aimed at calming the Central American country, which has been roiled by protests.

Global religious freedom commission cites 28 key nations for 'ongoing downward trend'

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom cited more than two dozen countries as main contributors to an "ongoing downward trend" in religious liberty worldwide.

Links for 4/26/18

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Conspiracy theories surround Pope Francis; A podcast with Cardinal Joseph Tobin on immigration; Starbucks to confront racism

Coffee shops brew a cup of community at Los Angeles churches

The Field Hospital: "People are still craving a community, a hub, a place to call home, a place to nest. That is still alive and well and that place can still be a church."

Asylum seekers face increasing obstacles, which some see as deliberate

Attorneys, religious leaders and advocates report increasing obstacles in the process of applying for protection, obstacles some say are intentionally created by the Trump administration to stifle asylum. 

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: It seems Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the comic strip, picks up on that cue.