An Easter pope, washing the feet of prisoners

Speaking in an interview with an Italian newspaper about his tradition of visiting prisoners on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis was asked if he believes visiting those who have been rejected by society is the "principal action" of the church. "I believe so," the pope responds. "To go out, to make ourselves close to the least, the marginalized, the rejected.
When I am in front of a prisoner, for example, I ask myself why him and not me?" he continues. "Am I better than him who is here inside [the prison]? Why did he fall and not me? It is a mystery that brings me close to them." more »

The Evangelical roots of a 'post-truth' society

Conservative evangelicals are not the only ones who think that an authority trusted by the other side is probably lying. But they believe that their own authority the inerrant Bible is both supernatural and scientifically sound, and this conviction gives that natural human aversion to unwelcome facts a special power on the right. This religious tradition of fact denial long predates the rise of the culture wars, social media or President Trump, but it has provoked deep conflict among evangelicals themselves. 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)

Wednesday, April 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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