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

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

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

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”

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”

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

 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?

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...]

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

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

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...]


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