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Dream on

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The election of an African American president has stirred excitement, but a leading black theologian says visions of a “postracial” America are premature and misguided.

At the root of her theology, says M. Shawn Copeland, is the pursuit of the question: What is the best, the most worthwhile way to live? While Christians understand that the reign of God is not an achievable result of human endeavors, we are called to make the world around us “our best hope this side of the reign of God.”


Spending like there's no tomorrow

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It's time for Uncle Sam to call a credit counselor.

Church fights for women’s rights in Kenya

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Veronica Mumbi Ndiritu is the principal at Nkaimurunya Kindergarten. She is 26, unmarried, and successful by any standards. She gave up a higher salary teaching at one of the best girls' schools in Nairobi to head the growing Catholic school, which now only has the equivalent of nursery, kindergarten, and first grade but is adding grades on each year.

 


Kenya: Missionary territory and the church’s future

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Steven Saitabau was one of 23 that were baptized in one Kenyan parish the first weekend of October 2008. Nine years old, he had lived half is life without a Catholic parish nearby. 

The parish of Ewuaso Kedong, a small trading town where Steven lives, opened in 2004 and covers 40 miles of the bush southwest of Nairobi, where zebra graze along with the cattle herded by the still very traditional Maasai tribe. It is young and growing, just like the Catholic Church in Kenya.


Rerum Novarum: On the Condition of the Working Classes

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Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII issued on May 15, 1891.

To Our Venerable Brethren the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other Ordinaries of Places Having Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See:


The living legacy of Dorothy Day

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Dorothy Day's pre-Catholic-Worker life

Young Dorothy Day


Let's canonize Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day, canonization, saint, Salt magazine, Claretians, Henry Fehren

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With this 1983 article Claretian Publications began a grassroots effort to promote the official declaration of Dorothy Day as a saint.

Oscar Romero resources on the Internet

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Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero Resources on the Internet


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The Church: called to repentance; called to prophesy

Prayers and reflections for the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He was assassinated on March 24, 1980.

Notes for Homilists
The Romero materials in this packet afford many rich sources of reflection on the theme of the church's call to justice and prophesy. We have suggested two sets of readings for the Romero weekend: those from the Roman Catholic lectionary for this year, and the others tied more directly to the anniversary theme.


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The Church: called to repentance; called to prophesy
Suggestions for the use of this material

If you are planning an event in your church or community, these materials can be incorporated into regular services, or provide content for a special anniversary event, such as an ecumenical service on that weekend.


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