US Catholic Faith in Real Life

More out of Africa

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A deal that sounds too good to be true probably is-especially for subsistence farmers.

Will work for peace through business

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When he was at the University of St. Thomas in the early 1990s, Stephen Bauer combined his entrepreneurship major with a justice and peace studies minor, which confounded more than a few of his classmates.

"People saw these two fields as completely separate," he says. "But it seemed to me very natural to put them together."


Will work for peace with advocacy

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Patrick Edrey graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a major in peace studies in 2004, and he's worked on the issue of homelessness ever since. He currently serves as a family advocate at Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis, where he helps families achieve stability and work toward permanent housing.


Will work for peace in law

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Tona Boyd graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with majors in government and Spanish and a peace studies minor. During her junior year she oversaw the student peace conference, and after graduation she went on to Harvard Law School. She's currently a clerk on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia and will be working next year as a trial lawyer for the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Blessed are the peacemakers

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The first Catholic college to launch a peace studies program was Manhattan College in New York, which opened its Pacem in Terris Institute in 1965, offered its first interdisciplinary peace studies class a year later, and had an undergraduate major under way by 1971. Early in the program's development, Pope Paul VI took notice and sent his blessing, along with a message to the Institute's organizers encouraging the "efforts for education for peace" that were taking place.


A higher degree of peace: Graduate peace studies programs

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Already graduated college? You can still return to school for a master's or Ph.D. in peace.

Claretian Missionaries provide hope in Haiti

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Just one day after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the Claretian Missionaries religious order in Santo Domingo assembled a convoy to head into the destruction and assist their fellow Claretians and the community they serve in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The group was led by Claretian Father Hector Cuadrado, the major superior of the order's Antilles Province, which includes Haiti.


A few fit men: Healthy youth for healthy forces

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We should be helping America’s young people really be all that they can be.

Despite the grim toll taken in what is becoming a war of attrition in Afghanistan, the Great Recession has helped U.S. armed services achieve record recruiting numbers in 2009. And after years of lowering minimum standards, the 2009 recruits are among the best educated and highest skilled in history. But Army and Marine recruitment drives are generating another and less welcome profile of America's youth: Call them Generation Unfit to Serve.


Get off the fence and support immigration reform

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Some Catholics aren't so sure about the bishops' push for comprehensive immigration reform, but this Catholic activist says it's time for the entire church to stick up for immigrants.

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Welcome to the Motel California

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What was once such a lovely place is becoming the country’s financial flophouse.

While most of us have watched, mouths agape, as the eye-rubbing economic clown parade that has been the last three years or so of American life has passed down our ply-wooded Main Streets, the collapse of California has been a true standout.


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