Australian Nun Among Dead in Malaysian Plane Crash

Sister Philomene Tiernan

Of course, every life that was lost aboard the Malaysian jet which was shot down over eastern Ukraine was of immeasurable value.Lost are vacationing Dutchmen, a helicopter pilot, AIDS researchers, university students, and entire families including 100 children.My goal is not to tell you that one life was worth more than the others--only to show, by citing the contributions of one individual who lost her life this week, how much all of humankind has lost with the deaths of these 298 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, Holy Land Peacemaker; But Will It Work?

Pope Francis in Bethlehem

 The world's a mess, it seems.  The downed airplane in Ukraine; the drug cartels and irrepressible violence driving children northward from Mexico and Central America; the unremitting terrorism in parts of the world where Islamists seek to impose their culture by force....And of course, the rising tensions in the Holy Land, where Israel and Palestine continue their struggle to define their borders. *     *     *     *     * And into that strife between Israel and Palestine, Pop … [Read more...]


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