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Experts discuss race relations after Ferguson

A forum last week at Holy Family University gathered a Catholic priest, police officers and college professors with 150 students and guests to chart a way forward after last year’s shootings in Missouri and New York City.

St. Isidore School jumps into community service

The girls and boys of the Quakertown Catholic school wanted to raise $1,000 in a jump roping event. They raised five times that amount, and had fun doing it.

Hallahan prepares to declare it’s no place for hate

The archdiocesan high school for girls is not seething with animosities, but since no one is perfect, the school community is doing a little introspection on relationships to mark Catholic Schools Week.

See more Catholic Schools Week stories and photos.

A Mass for the brave

During Catholic Schools Week, Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School in Ardsley welcomed police, firefighters, EMTs to a Mass at Queen of Peace Church. See our photo gallery.

Cruel and unusual? High court to rule on lethal injections

The Supreme Court’s ruling on lethal injections this year won’t be the tipping point for ending capital punishment in the U.S., but it might be the beginning of the end of the practice, experts say.

California bill would legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill

The bill is motivated by the story of Brittany Maynard, a young woman with brain cancer, who moved to Oregon to end her own life Nov. 1. Her mother and husband are pushing the California bill, which is modeled after Oregon’s.

See more National News stories.

Sisters fight evil of human slavery by aiming at traffickers

Ending human trafficking means confronting the brutal “darkness” that is driving those who exploit others, said a number of women religious helping victims.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Archbishop Romero

After decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in hatred of the faith” and not for purely political reasons.

See more World News stories.

Take 10 minutes and say something to Jesus, pope says

Pope Francis today advised people to turn off the television, read a Gospel passage and imagine Jesus. Then, the pope said, “I tell Jesus whatever comes into my mind to tell him.”

See more in Spirituality.

Youth presence at annual pro-life event shows commitment

Don’t tell Karen Osborne today’s teenagers are all lazy and self-centered. She sees for herself at the March for Life and in parish life the amazing things they do.

What to do when Joe College can’t write or think

Jesuit Father William Byron notes that four in 10 U.S. college students graduate with insufficient skills to manage white-collar work. They’re especially poor in communication, critical thinking and creativity — and making a good impression.

Nintendo looks forward while going retro

The gaming giant is releasing a sleek, new hand-held console while bringing back Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and others in a “remix.”

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