USCCB: Haiyan Funds to Be Split between Relief & Reconstruction


Just released from the USCCB: USCCB Committee Votes on Distribution of Funds from Special Collection for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan; Proceeds to be Split Evenly for Immediate Humanitarian Relief and Long-Term Church Reconstruction Needs April 9, 2014 WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee ratified a recommendation to evenly distribute the proceeds of the special [Read More...]

Pope Francis and Rwanda

Our Lady of Kibeho

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 Since going to Rwanda with CRS last year, I’ve often pondered what might have been done differently to avoid the bloodshed of the genocide. Certainly, [Read More...]

Remembering Rwanda Twenty Years Later for 100 Days

Open tombs of victims at the Rwandan Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda.

I should have written this post yesterday. I used busyness as my excuse. As is usual these days, I was in transit. In reality, I probably could have made the time. But I decided not to, at a certain point intentionally choosing that I would blog about the commemoration of the twenty years since the [Read More...]

Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide

Another article covering today’s genocide commemoration underscores some of the remaining emotional and psychological damage and points to the tragedy unfolding in the Central African Republic. #NeverAgain,-Rwanda-commemorates-20-years-since-start-of-genocide/id-af98299811ce4a15bb365fae36d38b22 [Read more...]

Kerry Weber Remembers Rwanda 20 Years Later in “Shadowed by Tragedy”


Twenty years ago today, the Rwandan genocide began, taking the lives of approximately 800,000 souls — my friend Kerry Weber has a special article today at America Magazine which recaps much of what we saw and learned on our trip with Catholic Relief Services. Be sure to click through and view the many photo galleries that [Read More...]

Another compelling example of Rwandan reconciliation

Rwanda Genocide: Man And Victim Now Friends As we begin today a remembrance of the start of the Rwandan genocide that began twenty years ago today, stories like this one point to the complex Web of relationships that still exist within Rwanda.  [Read more...]

Vatican bank granted a reprieve by Pope Francis after series of scandals

Vatican bank granted a reprieve by Pope Francis after series of scandals Click through for the full article which describes the reform measures to be undertaken under Pope Francis’ oversight. [Read more...]

Article: France pulls out of Rwanda genocide commemorations

France pulls out of Rwanda genocide commemorations News from France in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the genocide, and in response to the Rwandan President’s accusations. [Read more...]

Sweet Tweets for 4/04/14 — The Good News

NOGALES, Arizona (April 1, 2014) - Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and 7 other bishops celebrate Mass on the US-Mexico border in Arizona to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform. More information is available at Photo credit: George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

Welcome back to Sweet Tweets – after a few weeks off, I’m happy to have John’s great roundup of news we can use from the past week. This is an exciting time for the Church, with us in the thick of Lent, our Bishops so active, “Noah” mania, the Queen and Francis visiting, and the [Read More...]

Text of Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s Homily from #Bordermass

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Thanks to my friends at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for sharing this on their Facebook page: Cardinal Seán’s homily in Nogales, Arizona today for the #BorderMass remembering immigrants who have lost their lives and for immigration reform: For 20 years I worked in Washington D.C. with immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and from [Read More...]