Recalling the destruction of a city and its Catholics

69 years ago, the world's first plutonium bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, which had for 400 years been the home of Japanese Christianity. From the arrival of Portuguese missionaries in the 1550s until the 1860s, a culture of quiet Christianity evolved, despite 250 years of intense persecutation. A family trip to the Urakami Cathedral reveals a thriving Catholicism in the place that bombers used to verify their position over the last target of World War II, killing everyone inside. more »

With such cost even to the victors, are wars fought for purely political purposes?

Paul Krugman writes for the New York Times that the huge expense of warfare, even to the victors, undermines any argument that 21st Century wars bring any net economic benefit to anyone. Citing Putin in the Ukraine, Krugman argues that personal political gain appears to be the only tangible benefit of armed conflict. more »
Saluting the anti-poverty efforts of Catholic Charities at time of transition

Father Larry Snyder’s retirement from Catholic Charities USA comes in the wake of successful efforts that raised nearly $1.5-billion last year and coordinated the work of about 160 local Catholic Charities affiliates. 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)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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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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