Catholics decry suffering in Gaza-Israeli conflict

In a letter to Congress, the president of Catholic Relief Services and the chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace wrote: "It is our hope and prayer that one day we might look back and find that this recent cycle of violence was the last--a cycle broken by a just and lasting peace agreement. Together with Pope Francis, let us agree “not to spare prayer or any effort to end every hostility and seek the desired peace for the good of all.” more »


Where reason ends and faith begins

Writes Stanford Anthropology Professor TM Luhrmann, "Gods are invisible, the future is inscrutable, and much of life is bushwhacking over uneven terrain. In the face of your own uncertainty, being precise about what you don’t believe in can shore up your confidence in what you do." 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 »

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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)

Thursday, July 31, 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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