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Another side to Chicago's Cardinal Francis George on LGBT issues


I was a longtime friend and confrere of Cardinal Francis George before I left the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and married my husband, Jeff Jackson. I had sent the cardinal a copy of my book, Confessions of a Gay Married Priest: A Spiritual Journey, and his positive written reaction to that memoir, which explores my integration of sexuality, spirituality, and relationship, has given me hope for the Catholic church.

Battling fear in a post-Charleston world


On Sunday, for the first time in my life, I experienced fear in Bible study. A well-dressed stranger sat down at our table, and my mind went to a place I never thought it would at a time like that: "Is this man going to discuss Scripture with us for an hour and then pull out a gun and kill us?"

In post-9/11 New York, I often experienced fear in the subway, walking by tourist sites and going to top floors in high-rises. But church was always a safe refuge, emotionally and physically.

Former Missionaries of Charity superior dies


Sr. Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Blessed Teresa of Kolkata as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity and led the order for 12 years until retiring in 2009, died early Tuesday in Kolkota at age 81.

Church and political leaders paid tribute to Joshi​ for her devotion to serving poor, sick and hungry people.

"She indeed carried forward the legacy of Mother Teresa, a legacy of love and service to the poorest of the poor through her nuns all around the world," said Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Kolkata, where the order's global headquarters is based.


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