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Fr. John Rausch is one of ten environmental saints for our time

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Mallory McDuff, a regular blogger on the Huffington Post, recently named Glenmary Fr. John Rausch one of the top ten religious environmental saints of our day. Fr. Rausch is an activist in the Appalachian region, working against mountaintop removal mining. He was interviewed in our special issue on ecology this year.
To see who the other saints were, read the full article.

Human rights lawyers: Prosecute Bush, former officials for torture

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George W. Bush’s newly published memoir, Decision Points, provides fodder for an ongoing criminal investigation of Bush administration officials, writes Bill Quigley in a recent column for The Huffington Post.

In his memoir the former president admits to authorizing the waterboarding of detainees, which is considered torture under international and U.S. law, notes Quigley, the legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice

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NCR has Cole Stangler, a Georgetown University student, covering the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice 2010, being held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Nov. 13-15. The weekend of study is to culminate Monday with a day of action on Capitol Hill.

Here's a recap of the events so far:

Organized by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, an organization promoting advocacy among students and alumni from Jesuit schools and ministries, this year’s Teach-in is the first to held in Washington D.C.

After years of holding the Teach-in at the School of the Americans in Fort Benning, Ga., ISN hopes to take advantage of this year’s location to engage in direct advocacy with Congress and other policymakers. The weekend’s theme is “Prophetic Lives: Caminando Juntos,” drawing inspiration from the Jesuit martyrs killed for their social justice work in El Salvador on Nov. 16, 1989.

Pope stresses the importance of agriculture

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In his remarks prior to praying the Angelus on Sunday, Nov. 15 Pope Benedict talked of the importance that work, especially agricultural work, has for human life.

Addressing thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square, the pope recalled how this question was highlighted in that Sunday's reading from St. Paul, and that in Italy the second Sunday of November is dedicated to thanking God for the end of the harvest. "Although I know that in other areas the farming seasons are different, I would like to draw from St.Paul 's words to reflect particularly on agricultural work", he said.

Pennsylvania diocese awarded $275,000 for technology programs

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Exciting news today from the Johnstown, Penn. Tribune-Democrat:

Six schools in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese will be expanding their technology programs, thanks to a state grant.

The diocese recently received a $273,000 competitive E-Fund grant, which was established by the state Department of Education, that assists in accelerating broadband deployment and creates collaboration opportunities between the schools. It also helps with purchasing services, hardware, technical assistance and distance education.

“We are the first nonpublic school system in the state to receive this funding, so that is quite significant,” said Don Layo, the diocese’s director of information technologies.

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