The other African crisis
Africa is making headlines, but one of its gravest tragedies remains overlooked.
The places they'll go: Nuns working on the margins
The tough and tender mercies of women religious transform the most remote and desolate corners of poverty, misery, and heartache.
It takes nerves of steel to stand in your doorway and tell rebel soldiers waving guns that no, the woman they are seeking is most certainly not in the room behind you, when in fact she is hiding a few feet away, under your bed. But that’s what Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe did.
Paul Ryan's letter to the poor
Paul Ryan says he has a cure for poverty, but the evidence says otherwise.
Pity poor Paul Ryan. Even as the Wisconsin congressman tries to reinvent himself as a conservative champion of the poor, he still finds a way to get into trouble with a speech about the pathologies of American inner-city life that sounded to critics a lot like coded references to race.
High and dry: Water poverty in the United States
Some of us take for granted the most precious resource of all. Lack of water harms families not only in the Third World, but also here at home.
It’s 9 a.m. in the high desert of rural New Mexico, and the heat is already oppressive. People begin their day as you might expect: grabbing backpacks and heading to school, feeding goats and watering horses, patching holes in fences or crawling under cars to make small repairs. There is plenty to do.
Protecting migrant children requires compassion without borders
Growing numbers of unaccompanied minors are risking their lives to escape their dangerous homelands. Will we offer them safe harbor?
How Catholic colleges can and should help DREAMers
One university president shares tips on how to welcome and support undocumented students.
My involvement with immigration reform started with one student on a bicycle in a snow storm. How else, I learned, could he get to school without a driver’s license, which was not an option for an undocumented student in Illinois in 2007? Neither was a campus job, though he was an honors student majoring in economics. He asked for my help, tentatively at first—not for himself, but for the dream of citizenship—and so it all began.
Undeterred by threats of failure, Jim Ziolkowski is proof that one man can build a better world.
After graduating from college in 1989, Jim Ziolkowski yearned for an adventure. So he bought a backpack, hopped on a plane with his brother Dave, and hitchhiked across Europe. When his younger brother had his fill and flew back home, Jim had other ideas. Exotic lands beckoned—places like Thailand, India, and Nepal. This time, he set out solo.
Week Two: Lent provides a perfect opportunity for conversion
Students of Pope Francis summarize his agenda with the phrase “pastoral conversion.” Lent is an especially suitable time to think and pray about conversion. But what is pastoral conversion?
Best practices for charity and justice
Social ministry is the job of the entire parish community. What are we waiting for?
As the implications of the gospel, baptism, Vatican II, and, specifically, the recognition of the responsibilities that come with being seized by God’s love and Spirit unfold, the American Catholic parish has slowly but surely moved in the direction of being more deliberate about beckoning and organizing its members to engage in the needs of the world, both local and faraway. It’s called parish social ministry. Admittedly, it’s a work in progress.
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