March 30, 2011

China executes three Filipinos, despite appeals from churches

MANILA, Philippines – China executed three residents of the Philippines convicted of being drug mules, despite last-minute pleas by Catholic and Protestant churches in the Philippines. The three were executed March 30 by lethal injection, news agencies said. Reports said 74 more Filipinos are facing the death penalty for drug-related cases in China.
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Father Henry Harper, active in social outreach, dies at 86

Josephite Father Henry Harper, a longtime associate pastor of St. Peter Claver in Baltimore whose ministry focused on outreach to the poor, died March 29 from complications following a fall. He was 86. An 11 a.m. funeral Mass will be offered April 2 at St. Peter.
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Baltimore woman among five sent to prison for Washington state weapons depot protest

WASHINGTON – Five longtime peace activists were sentenced to prison terms of two to 15 months for symbolically disarming nuclear warheads at a U.S. Navy weapons depot in Washington state.
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Dr. Nancy Grasmick’s retirement is a loss for Catholic schools

Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, superintendent of Maryland public schools, meets with Dr. Ronald J. Valenti, former superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in 2006. (CR file photo/Owen Sweeney III) Today’s announcement that Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick is stepping down as the longtime superintendent of Maryland public schools may well be a loss for...
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