BOSTON – “I walked in the room, I looked at his face and said, ‘Oh my God, he’s so young!’ ” said Sister Helen Prejean. Throughout its case, the defense team emphasized Tsarnaev’s youth and impressionability.
Author Archives: G. Jeffrey MacDonald
About G. Jeffrey MacDonald
G. Jeffrey MacDonald is an award-winning reporter and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His work has appeared in five books as well as TIME magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, USA Todayand the Washington Post, among other national publications. For in-depth coverage of religion, he’s received six awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the American Academy of Religion. He is the author of Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul (Basic Books, March 2010). He received his Master of Divinity degree cum laude from Yale Divinity School in 2000. He lives in Massachusetts.
BOSTON – In a statement published on the front page of Friday’s Boston Globe, William and Denise Richard said a death sentence for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.”
BOSTON (RNS) Potential jurors in bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial must be able to impose the death penalty. That standard eliminates most Catholics who heed their church’s catechism.
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (RNS) When word spread that Boston native Moshe Twersky was among those murdered in a Jerusalem synagogue attack, local Jews grieved not only a native son but also a loss to a great rabbinic tradition.
BOSTON (RNS) Since May, a giant aluminum sculpture depicting a cross-sectioned chambered nautilus has been lighting up the pediment in a brilliant blue and turning heads at one of the city’s busiest corners.
(RNS) Some patrons of The Ark are now rethinking how they relate to the natural world and other creatures — even if they aren’t signing on to Adventism, which encourages but does not require a meatless diet.
(RNS) Preservationists are working to digitize and otherwise safeguard historical riches that rest with Massachusetts Congregationalists, whose churches were the center of community life in colonial days.
(RNS) As churches face declining numbers and look to new ministry models to make ends meet, mainline Protestant churches are relying more on unpaid clergy.
(RNS) Challengers are taking a new tack by arguing the Pledge of Allegiance violates terms of the Massachusetts’ equal rights amendment, which provides that “all people are born free and equal,” and that equality cannot be abridged by “sex, race, color, creed or national origin.”