The father, in his rage and grief, told me that this country did not care about his son who lay dying.
Certain events in our lives get burned into our memories and become a part of us. Often these events happen at beginnings and endings: births and deaths. Perhaps because of the definitude of those moments, we recognize them as utterly important and crucial.
Creating a culture of encounter requires more than just organizing drives. It might even mean learning a name or two.
About 10 years ago, during a college Christmas break, I spent a couple of days with a group of classmates at a Franciscan community of priests and brothers in the South Bronx. One night we packed a van with sandwiches and a tank of hot chocolate, and a friar named Brother Giuseppe drove us down to Lower Manhattan. We parked and unloaded at a street corner where the Franciscans spend time with the homeless all year round.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor—and upend the expectations of the papacy—Pope Francis plans to build showers for people who are homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. Three showers are to be built into refurbished public restrooms provided for Catholic pilgrims along the marble columns leading into the historic basilica, which was completed in 1626.
The Catholic bishops at last week's Synod on the Family may not have been able to come to an agreement on how to approach the issue of same-sex relationships, but young Catholics in the United States seem to have their minds made up.
The current wave of child migration really began on our side of the border.
When sexual abuse and homophobia rear their ugly heads, a positive youth sports culture can be part of the solution.
Clark Power founded Play Like a Champion Today in 2006 to help provide education for coaches, parents, and athletes to create a positive youth sports environment for all children. In this web-exclusive excerpt from his interview with U.S. Catholic, Power speaks about his experience with all kinds of abuse, and how he thinks a culture of abuse can be remedied.
“Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin” (Deuteronomy 24:15).
Any time a humanitarian crisis breaks out in any corner of the globe, it is a good bet that you'll find representatives from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on the ground, doing everything possible to help. And the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is no exception.
The waves of migrant children fleeing their homeland in search of safety and stability within the United States' borders has been a major news story in recent months, but now it seems as if our public debate (or in some cases, shouting match) about the situation has become the bigger story.
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.