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Faith lights the way for San Quentin inmates
Jul. 26, 2011, By Lidia Wasowicz
They started out from different ethnic, educational and economic origins, lost their moral compass along the way and found religion where their paths converged -- San Quentin State Prison in Marin County.   The inmates interviewed for this article followed divergent ...

‘This Catholic Life’: Making a life in the law still leaves time for Church, family, volunteering
Oct. 14, 2009
Pete Murphy says he lives life with “the glass half full.” The optimistic San Francisco attorney loves being Catholic and “wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Father John Dear: “It’s time for all of us to grow up and take Jesus at his word"
Dec. 6, 2008, By Michael Vick
The United States is at war in Afghanistan. The United States is at war in Iraq. As many as 35 wars rage today, spanning the globe and killing millions every year. Nearly two decades after the end of the Cold War, the world's nuclear states together still have stockpiles of at ...

Former prison warden haunted by executions
Nov. 5, 2008, By Ron McAndrew, special to Catholic San Francisco
During my tenure as warden at Florida State Prison it was my duty to oversee the executions of three men: John Earl Bush, John Mills, Jr. and Pedro Medina.

Pakistani children find champion in lost mountaineer
Nov. 5, 2008, By Michael Vick
When Greg Mortenson first pitched his story, “Three Cups of Tea,” the publisher allowed him to choose the title. The subtitle, on the other hand, would be up to the editors.

Tongan bishop shares challenges and hopes
Jul. 15, 2008, By Michael Vick
When Coadjutor Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga takes office this month following the retirement of Bishop Soane Lilo Foliaki, he will become the first local diocesan priest to be bishop in the history of the Diocese of Tonga. In an interview with Catholic San Francisco ...

Murdered man’s sister advocates healing and justice – not revenge
Jul. 14, 2008, By Michael Vick
Judy Kerr, whose brother James was murdered in 2003, told members of the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Restorative Justice Steering Committee how her experiences both before and after his death shaped her view of the death penalty. An East Bay nurse for nearly three decades, ...


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