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- Gun Violence and the Faith Community – Next month marks one year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 20 children and six staff members. Kim Lawton reports that over the last several months, a growing interfaith movement has been mobilizing to stop gun violence. She also talks with faith-based activists who are opposing any new gun control laws.
- The Long Forgotten Mentally Ill – Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on re-discovering the identity and restoring the dignity of long-deceased inmates of a former Minnesota state mental institution. Once, they were buried in nameless graves marked only with numbers. Now they are getting headstones with their names on them, and their stories reveal a dark history of neglect.
- American Catholics – On the eve of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, Host Bob Abernethy talks with Catholic church authority Fr. Thomas Reese on changes in attitudes toward Catholics in the U.S. brought about by JFK’s election as well as the influence of Pope Francis on the priorities of Catholic leaders today.