I have just returned from one of the best weekend conferences I have ever attended. It was a meeting June 26-28 in St. Paul, Minn., of about 275 Catholics who are involved with IECs, or Intentional Eucharistic Communities. These are groups that come together to celebrate the Eucharist outside a parish setting. It was called “Living the Gospel: Collective Voices.”
Part of Pope Francis' U.S. itinerary will take him to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in northeast Philadelphia along the Delaware River. One of the current occupants of the prison is Msgr. William Lynn.
The tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., have created momentum for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol there.
June was a banner month for marriage equality in both Ireland and the United States. Now, the winds of change may be converging on New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
For nearly twenty-five years, gays and lesbians have been banned from marching openly in the City’s famed celebration of Irish heritage. The organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, led by committee president John Dunleavy, have been rigid in their refusal to allow any LGBT Irish group from marching under a banner.
Over at eFinancialCareers, there is an interesting article in which Roger Steare, a "corporate ethicist," concludes that bankers are not, in fact, unethical market actors but are often more ethical or moral than employees in other professions, including the media:
Podcast: Even though she is in her early 70s, Servite Sr. Joyce Rupp is still sharing wisdom that touches Catholics and others. Take a listen.
Northern Ireland has entered into its annual “marching season,” which culminates on July 12, commemorating the victory of Protestant William of Orange over Catholic James II in 1690 when the Battle of the Boyne was fought on the east coast of Ireland near Drogheda in County Louth.
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"Till when will Israel let its churches and mosques be burnt?" asked the editors of Haaretz, the English-language Israeli daily, on June 21. Their hard-hitting editorial was responding to the torching of one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, near Tiberias in northern Israel.
"1913: Seeds of Conflict"
9 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, June 30 (Check local listings)
The comprehensive and compact docudrama "1913: Seeds of Conflict" reveals little-known facts that conflated to become what writer/director Ben Loeterman proposes as the root causes for today's ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.