How We Can Help with The Plight of Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Today, I am pleased to share my recent email interview conversation with Christine Donnelly, Communications Manager, USCCB office of Migration and Refugee Services. I’ve asked Christine to bring us up to date on this humanitarian crisis, what the USCCB is currently doing, and how we — as Catholic families — might respond to the situation with prayer [Read More...]

Families in the Philippines Need Continuing Support in Wake of Typhoon Rammasun

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, jokes with seminarians in Palo, Philippines, after attending a dinner hosted by Sacred Heart Seminary on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.CRS is providing disaster relief services in this area of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in November 2013 and resulted in over 6,000 deaths."Yes, you will rebuild! Yes, it will involve sacrifice, but we can ensure you that through our prayers, we are with you," said Kurtz.

Last night, when I drifted off to sleep, I did so with prayers on my lips for the families of the Philippines, who were then awaiting the impact of Typhoon Rammasun. Before going to bed, I had requested the following interview with Elizabeth Tromans, a Regional Technical Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response for Catholic Relief [Read More...]

CRS Egan Fellows Announced – Will Travel to Syria

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As a recipient of last year’s Egan Journalism Fellowship from Catholic Relief Services, I know firsthand what an amazing experience the newly announced Egan Fellows will enjoy. I thought I’d share today’s announcement from CRS and invite you to pray not only for these four journalists who will travel to Syria, but also for writers [Read More...]

Does #FreeHappyIranians Point to Larger Societal Change on the Horizon in Iran?

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On the surface, it seems like a nothingburger… Six Iranians, joyously dancing to Pharrell Williams’ trendy song “Happy”. They’re just doing what tons of people around the world have done — jamming to a popular tune: As of today, the video has 600K+ views. It probably would have been lucky to have 600 if it [Read More...]

A Moral Argument to Raise Minimum Wage

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Equality and economic social justice seem to be in the Catholic news this week. First, we had Pope Francis’ Monday tweet: Inequality is the root of social evil. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 28, 2014 And today, we have a great Catholic News Service video with Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities, calling for [Read More...]

California Catholics Urged to Take Part in Catholic Advocacy Day

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I always enjoy receiving emails from the California Catholic Conference. Today’s bulletin contained a reminder of the upcoming Catholic Advocacy Day tomorrow in Sacramento. More than 100 Catholic delegates will travel to Sacramento on Tuesday, April 29, to advocate on a variety of bills promoting life and dignity in the Golden State. YOU, as part of [Read More...]

Leah Libresco: “The Toll a Lack of Forgiveness Takes”

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Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH At her blog yesterday, my fellow Catholic Patheos writer Leah Libresco offered a two part lesson on the importance of forgiveness, including a look at The New [Read More...]

“We forgive because we know God is so forgiving”

Survivor Viviane N'Habimana with perpetrator Boniface Hakizimana at the Community Healing and Reconciliation Program in Rugango Parish in Butare Diocese, Rwanda. The five year project (2008-2012) helped improve social cohesion among Rwandans facing the consequences of the 1994 genocide. Catholic Relief Services implemented the project in partnership with the Peace and Justice Commission of the Catholic Church of Rwanda and five dioceses. It promoted the use of non-violent conflict management, community healing approaches, peace values and reconciliation. Over 37,000 volunteers and 300 priests and religious leaders were targeted to debate and reflect on challenges and strategies of achieving reconciliation in Rwanda. The CRS Egan Fellowship 2013 journalists visited the village during their trip to Rwanda in October 2013, to listen to and share the participants stories.

Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH Today, I want to point you to a beautiful article by my friend Helen Blakesley. Helen is the CRS regional information officer for West and Central Africa. [Read More...]

Kwibuka Rwanda

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 Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH Today, I wanted to share a compelling video — it’s short, but uplifting. It encourages Rwandans to “Kwibuka” — to remember… As we watch this, let [Read More...]

Why Did It Take So Long?

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Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH This video is a bit old — it was uploaded to Youtube on December 19, 2008. I’m sharing it today, because the rawness of Immaculée Ilibagiza testifies [Read More...]


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