Build bridges, not walls: an open letter to President Trump as he meets Pope Francis

Catholic Democrats embarked on a major campaign to shed light on the importance of this first meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump. "Your meeting with Pope Francis presents you - and all of us - with an uncommon opportunity to build bridges for a more peaceful world and to care for our spiritual lives and one another. We urge you to treat Pope Francis with respect and humility because we believe that the pope will be seeking 'only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with God.' (Micah 6:8) And we are called to pray that you will feel an awakening in your heart, not only for your own spiritual benefit but also for that of the common good." more »

A first meeting between pope and president

Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking privately in the apostolic palace with him for about 30 minutes and asking later that he work for peace in the world. The atmosphere for the first encounter between the two world leaders, known to disagree on a range of issues, appeared at the beginning to be stiff and formal. As the pope greeted the president in the antechamber of the papal library, where they held their private meeting, he kept a straight face and did not smile. Following their discussions, however, Francis took more of a jovial tone. As the door to the library opened and he was introduced to First Lady Melania Trump, he shook her hand gently, looked at the president, and joked: “What do you give him to eat?” more »
Catholic Charities slated for huuuge cuts under Trump

The Federal Government provides more than half of the $3.8 billion budget of the Catholic Church's main anti-poverty effort in America, and Donald Trump is hoping to slash a tremendous amount of that funding--and in turn the services for more than 9-million people. 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)

Friday, May 26, 2017

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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."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama

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