Recalling the revolution of Vatican II, Pope Francis declares Jubilee Year of Mercy

Symbolically calling on the global Church to take up his papacy's central message of compassion and pardon, Pope Francis on Friday announced that he is convoking a jubilee year to be called the Holy Year of Mercy marking the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II. Saying he has "thought often about how the church can make more evident its mission of being a witness of mercy," the pope made the announcement during a Lenten penitential service in St. Peter's Basilica. "I am convinced that the whole church -- that has much need to receive mercy because we are sinners -- will find in this jubilee the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time," he said. more »

The real threat to religious liberty

Suicide bombers detonated explosives over the weekend targeting Pakistani Catholic and Protestant churches, with 15 people killed. Considering the plight of Christians across the Middle East and South Asia, the complaints of American Catholic conservatives about threats to their religious liberty look awfully feeble. more »
White Catholics moving away from Democrats, even as Latinos take up the slack

Catholic Democrats president Steve Krueger, quoted in Salon, argues that the Democrats have to be more attentive to the traditional loyalty of Catholics and not allow Republicans to capture the non-Hispanic white Catholic vote -- traditionally an immigrant constituency that voted solidly Democratic for more than a century. 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)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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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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