Not a knock-out, but Clinton shows presidential mettle while Trump meanders

In the first presidential debate, Donald Trump acknowledged that he had paid no federal taxes and congratulated himself on being smart in his avoidance. He repeated his claim that Mrs. Clinton doesn't have "the look" of a president, and refused to address issues of race in America -- beyond saying about inner cities that "African-Americans and Hispanics are living in hell." more »


Celebrating the "Year of Mercy," Pope Francis visits both hospice and neonatal care unit

Pope Francis stopped by the emergency room of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome before going to the neonatal unit, where 12 little patients were being treated. Five of the newborns, including a pair of twins, were in intensive care and were intubated, the Vatican said. The pope also went to the maternity ward and nursery upstairs, greeting new parents and holding their bundles of joy. more »
Trump's rogue's gallery of Catholic 'advisors'

A group of 33 well-known Republican Catholics have come out in support of Donald Trump's candidacy. Joseph Cella, founder of the National Republican Catholic Prayer Breakfast, will be the chief liaison to the campaign for Catholic affairs. In March, during the primaries, Cella signed an open letter along with other Republican Catholics calling Trump "manifestly unfit to be president." The letter cited his vulgarity, appeal to racial and ethnic fears, and questioned whether he was committed to stopping abortion and "strengthening marriage culture." more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"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)

Saturday, October 1, 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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