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Check in each week to read interesting articles from Catholic writers, discover what Catholics are talking about in the wider world, find out what's happening in the lives of Catholic leaders, and keep up with the latest news from the Sisters of Bon Secours!

RADICAL FORGIVENESS

Ilia Delio | Global Sisters Report, May 30, 2015

Nature is fickle. Just when you think you know something about something else, say another human person, a tree or your new cat, you are taken off guard because the other can spring from the plane of the predictable and do surprising things. Just about a month ago, we adopted two six-month-old kittens who had struggled through the first few months of life. We brought them home from the shelter thinking that these two would be fragile and weak, but in a month’s time and with lots of food and rest, they have come alive. Despite their fragile beginnings, they are playful and carefree and remind me of nature’s creative resiliency, as they romp down the hallway throwing their toys into the air, as if the abandoned alley never existed.

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FAITH LEADERS HONORED BY WHITE HOUSE

Dennis Sadowski | Catholic News Service, July 17, 2015

Two Catholics are among a dozen faith leaders who will be honored at the White House July 20 for their work on climate change.

Franciscan Sister Joan Brown, executive director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, and Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network, were named Champions of Change by President Barack Obama.

Both told Catholic News Service they were surprised by the honor.

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A GRATEFUL RESPONSE TO LAUDATO SI’

As an Earth lawyer and Catholic sister striving to awaken people to the peril of Earth’s desecration and the promise of acting as a single community of life, I hear Francis’s story with gratitude and relief.

 

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WORKING FOR THE NEEDS OF ALL

Kelli Litt | Global Sisters Report, June 29, 2015

It took a radical notion about serving the marginalized to encourage Sr. Eileen Reilly to accept a job at the United Nations.

The position had been suggested to Reilly multiple times, all of which she graciously declined. When her general superior gave a talk on radical availability, being open to God’s call and the working for the needs of all, Reilly explained that “it just went right to my soul. . . . How can I continue to say no when she’s challenging us all . . . to be radically available to the needs?”

The United Nations was founded in 1945 on the pillars of peace and security, human rights, and development. Today, those pillars still guide the work. Yet, as an inter-governmental system of 193 member states, the United Nations is only as strong as its weakest members and only as strong as each member government allows it to be. While the bureaucracy and power plays are frustrating and discouraging, the presence of non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, many of which are operated by religious communities, helps push the focus of debate to people and the planet rather than power, money, and self-interest.

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POPE FRANCIS’ ENCYCLICAL

Thomas Reese| National Catholic Reporter, June 18, 2015

Some of the most frequently asked questions I have gotten from journalists this week: Why does the encyclical matter? What impact will it have? Why is it getting all this attention?

Let’s start with the last question: Why is it getting all this attention?

The encyclical, “Laudato Si’, On Care for our Common Home,” is getting lots of attention for two reasons.

First, there is a growing consensus around the world that we need to take better care of the environment. Scientific consensus exists that climate change is happening, and human activity is causing it. People are growing in their awareness of environmental problems, but they also see that so far, the world has done little to respond to the crisis.

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ENDING HUNGER

Carol Glatz |Catholic News Service , January 11, 2015

Ending hunger requires changes in lifestyles, production, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Vague concerns and long-winded reports about hunger must be turned into action with policies that guarantee access to food, and lifestyles that stop wasting and start sharing, Pope Francis said.

People’s tendency to run and hide from difficult issues is natural, which means sometimes “instead of acting, we prefer to delegate, at every level,” the pope said June 11 in an address to participants in an annual conference on hunger organized by the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

In fact, avoiding hard truths is something “we often prefer even if we then won’t miss a meeting, a conference or drafting a document” addressing the problem at hand, he said.  (more…)

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ON BEING CHRISTIAN

Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service – May 28, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must ask themselves whether they help people in need of salvation or whether they just keep Jesus for themselves and are deaf or indifferent to others, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

“It would be good for us to have an examination of conscience” and see if we are Christians who bring people to Christ or push them away, the pope said May 28 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

Mary McGlone | National Catholic Reporter =May 16, 2015

No matter what the Gospel says, picking up snakes is never going to be part of my mission plan. Now that I think about it, I’m also pretty reluctant to pick fights with demons, so the commentaries that say Mark didn’t really write this ending to his Gospel offer me a welcome justification for avoiding those adventures. Most scholars think that the Gospel of Mark ended at Verse 8 of Chapter 16, which states that the women who discovered Jesus’ empty tomb “said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

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ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Simone Campbell | Global Sisters Report-April 27, 2015

Congress has a responsibility to create federal budgets that are both morally and economically responsible – budgets that address the needs of all, not just the moneyed few. Current House and Senate budget proposals fail to fulfill these requirements.

Sadly, this is nothing new. In response to the reality of years of skewed budget priorities, my organization (NETWORK), A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby) joined a coalition of 37 faith groups representing Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. We came together to demand that our elected officials formulate federal budget priorities that promote the well-being of all, especially those who are poor and marginalized.

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EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service |  April 27, 2015

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis offered his prayers to all those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts.

More than 3,600 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu Saturday.

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