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...]

How in the World Could the Pope Stop Terrorism?

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There’s a right way and a wrong way to get attention for your cause.  Crashing the Pope’s New Year’s Day Mass in Peter’s Square, climbing onto the scaffolding and unfurling a banner that reads “Pope Stop Terrorism” is definitely the wrong way.That’s what Romanian-born activist Julian Jungarean did, though.  And this isn’t the first time he’s made his point by trespassing on the higher levels of Vatican property.  He once scaled the Bernini colonnade, the great arms reaching out from St. Peter … [Read more...]