Over 20 million people facing starvation – and we should care!

Children in South Sudan. Credit: John Wollwerth / Shutterstock.

Think to a time when you were hungry. Remember how it felt, a bit uncomfortable, right? You may have even said, “I’m starving!” But you knew that in a short time the next meal would be there for you. Knowing that a good meal was awaiting you allowed your slight hunger to actually whet your… Continue reading Over 20 million people facing starvation – and we should care!

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A world awash with weapons – there’s a better way

If someone’s house was on fire would you pour gasoline on it? Well the answer is obvious: Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is very similar to what the United States and many other more economically developed nations are doing. Despite the tragic fact that approximately 40 current armed conflicts worldwide are causing over 150,000… Continue reading A world awash with weapons – there’s a better way

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Budgets are moral documents

The highly relevant quote, “Budgets are moral documents,” has been arguably attributed to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. But if he didn’t coin that exact phase, he very well could have. Similarly he surely did say, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social… Continue reading Budgets are moral documents

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Our common home really needs your help!

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” warns Pope Francis in his landmark environmental encyclical Laudato Si (“On Care for Our Common Home”). Indeed, the scientific consensus is very solid. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), “97 percent or more of… Continue reading Our common home really needs your help!

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Pope Paul’s encyclical, King’s speech, more relevant than ever

Fifty years ago, Blessed Pope Paul VI gave to the world a truly prophetic encyclical letter Populorum Progressio (“The Development of Peoples), and just days later Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” As kindred spirits in Christ, they both knew the grave dangers facing humanity… Continue reading Pope Paul’s encyclical, King’s speech, more relevant than ever

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Suffering South Sudan

People are beginning to starve to death in South Sudan. The United Nations has formally declared that a state of famine exists in this east African nation, with 100,000 people immediately facing starvation, and 1 million additional South Sudanese teetering on the brink of famine. “Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive,”… Continue reading Suffering South Sudan

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Reflecting on Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message

“May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life.” This statement written by Pope Francis in his Jan. 1 World Day of Peace message – the 50th annual papal peace message to the world – extols nonviolence as an essential and nonnegotiable key to true and… Continue reading Reflecting on Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message

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The Courageous Witness of Blessed Oscar Romero

Who would have predicted it? Who would have imagined that on February 23, 1977, the day of his appointment as archbishop of San Salvador, that the highly conservative Oscar Romero � who was suspicious of the Catholic Church�s involvement in political activism � would within three years die a martyr�s death for courageously defending his… Continue reading The Courageous Witness of Blessed Oscar Romero

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The world needs saints

President-elect Donald Trump will have the means at hand to do tremendous good or tremendous harm. The new president-elect of the United States will have many opportunities to purposefully move forward policies and legislation that can make not only the U.S., but the world a far better place. Or the next president can dangerously choose… Continue reading The world needs saints

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Now the hard work begins!

For those of us using the Gospel and Catholic social teaching as our voting guide, choosing between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates was an absolute dilemma. Hillary Clinton’s hawkish military attitude, like her vote to authorize former President George W. Bush to attack Iraq – which opened up the doors to the ongoing bloodbath… Continue reading Now the hard work begins!

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Caring for creation – Central to Pope Francis’ Papacy

As the first pope in history to write an encyclical letter on the environment, Pope Francis demonstrated to the Catholic Church and world, the urgent importance of caring for God’s creation. But Francis’ challenging green encyclical “Laudato Si’ ” (subtitled “On Care for Our Common Home”) was but the first major initiative of a papacy… Continue reading Caring for creation – Central to Pope Francis’ Papacy

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Saint Mother Teresa

Allow me to share with you one of the high points of my life – a short, yet deeply enriching encounter with a saint. Nearly 30 years ago, I worked at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington’s emergency food warehouse. Missionaries of Charity sisters caring for HIV/AIDS patients at their Gift of Peace House… Continue reading Saint Mother Teresa

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Long-suffering, hurricane ravaged Haiti

The geographical distance between the richest country in the Western Hemisphere and the poorest is only about 700 miles. But the economic distance between the United States and Haiti is astronomical. Poverty certainly exists in the U.S., but the percentage and severity of poverty in Haiti is far worse. According to the U.N.’s World Food… Continue reading Long-suffering, hurricane ravaged Haiti