Remembering Fr. Berrigan, hero to the peace movement

Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, reflecting on the death at age 94 of Fr. Daniel Berrigan, said, "I've not known a more wonderful human being, kind and pious and good, and he lived a long and peaceful life from what I saw, always instructive. He was an inspiration to those who knew him and always optimistic, so we need more Dan Berrigans, and we'll miss him greatly." more »

Pope Francis makes plea for a more welcoming Church

The pope issued his long-awaited apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia," Latin for “The Joy of Love.” Using themes developed in the current Jubilee Year of Mercy, he called on priests and bishops to welcome people back to the Church, including Catholics who remarry without annulments. He called for a new respect toward gay people and others traditionally stigmatized in the Church, including single people cohabiting before marriage. more »
Bernie Sanders projects diplomatic panache at Vatican conference on Centesimus Annus

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke Friday at a conference recalling Pope John Paul's 1991 encyclical on human dignity. "Our challenge is mostly a moral one, to redirect our efforts and vision to the common good. Centesimus Annus, which we celebrate and reflect on today, and Laudato Si’, are powerful, eloquent and hopeful messages of this possibility. It is up to us to learn from them, and to move boldly toward the common good in our time." more »


Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"


"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama

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