Unpacking #RECongress Part Four: Dr. Carolyn Woo

Sarah Reinhard and me with Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services

In continuing to share the experience of attending this year’s Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Religious Education Congress, today’s post will underscore that MY Congress this year was less a chance to learn from the wonderful workshops, and more a series of treasured moments with some of the greatest role models I could hope to meet in [Read More...]

Learn about the “Water for the World” Act Today

When I blogged earlier today about the drought situation and our Lenten prayers, I had no idea about the following online discussion that is happening TODAY in just less than an hour. If you’re free – be sure to check it out! I’ll include the full press release below for your information. Please join Catholic [Read More...]

My Lenten Prayer and Fasting Amidst California’s Drought

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My Lenten prayer and fasting this year has included a new focus since the March 7th release of the following press release from Sacramento’s Bishop Jaime Soto. While the rest of the country has been struck by the “polar vortex”, we here in the Central Valley of California are literally begging God for rain and [Read More...]

Get “Quenched” with Catholic Vitamins

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I’m so blessed by my good friends Deacon Tom and Dee Fox. Their wonderful podcast Catholic Vitamins is a “must-listen” gift which features not only the holy deacon and his wife, but also a full cast of other spirit-filled voices. I was very honored to be a recent guest on their Catholic Vitamins Q Quench [Read More...]

Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, Condemns Attacks on Muslims in CAR

TheArchbishop Dieudonne˙ Nzapalainga  and Imam Omour Kobine of Bangui pray together during a tour to spread the word of tolerance and reconciliation at a mosque in the quartier Kilometre 5 in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 11, 2013. Just earlier at a a church, IDPs staying at the camp realised that a truck with food supplies was delivered by the Muslim community as in an act of goodwill and screamed in the local language song " we would rather die of hunger than eat a gift of food from muslims." Many also screamed that the food was poisoned. On the morning of Thursday 5th, December Christian anti-balika militants entered the city and attacked Seleka rebels. Over the days that followed hundreds of people were killed. The Seleka made up of a muslim majority with many of the rebels originating from northern Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad brought to power a new president Michel Djotodia, a former Seleka leader in a March 24, 2013 coup.  The political establishment has failed to control the armed group that has wreaked havoc, including murdering, looting and burning of villages on the civilian population with mass displacements resulting throughout 2013. A 1600 strong French force deployed to the country is supporting African Union peacekeepers and attempting to disarm the rival Christian and Muslim fighters in the country.

New out from Caritas International and Vatican Radio is a broad-ranging interview conversation with Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui and Caritas Central African President. In the February 18 discussion, the Archbishop strongly condemns the rising tide of violence: One group has decided to take revenge. They’re mainly young people. They have seen their villages burnt [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 2/09/14 — The Sunday Coast to Coast Edition

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If you’re paying attention to this little space on the web, you’ll note that I’ve been largely absent this week. Since Sweet Tweets was published last Friday, I’ve traveled eight hours by car to San Diego with my husband Greg to join him at a medical conference, and then flown across country to join a [Read More...]

Horror in Central African Republic Needs to Wake Us Up

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Sorry, but I’m about to rock your pleasant Saturday. Since I returned from my trip to Rwanda with Catholic Relief Services, I read the news headlines with a new type of intensity. It seems I can no longer sip my dark roast while I flip through the news on my iPad, and then go about [Read More...]

Catholic Relief Services Launches Typhoon Haiyan Information Center

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In an effort to keep everyone informed and updated on the latest news and information regarding Super Typhoon Haiyan, Catholic Relief Services has launched a landing page that centralizes information on the latest news from the Philippines. Included on the page are: Latest news on the crisis A simple format for making an online donation [Read More...]

Emergency Help Needed to Support Philippine Typhoon Victims

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Friends, please join me today in not only praying for, but also actively supporting our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who are suffering in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Our friends at Catholic Relief Services are on the ground and rallying support and needed resources for those suffering from the monster storm: Catholic Relief [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #13: Interview about #CRSEgan Rwanda Trip is Online

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Just in case you don’t wake up at the crack of dawn on Thursday mornings to listen to the Sonrise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, you can catch the interview that I did yesterday about our Rwanda trip with Catholic Relief Services online at the CRS Newswire [Read More...]


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