President Barack Obama wasn't the only African-American president sworn in this month: Lorenzo Herman became president of the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association.
Oblate Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, a noted theologian, economist and human rights activist, died Jan. 17 in Sri Lanka. He was 89.
He founded the Centre for Society and Religion in Colombo in 1971 with the aim of fostering interreligious and interracial action for justice and peace. He was also instrumental in founding the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians in the mid-1970s.
The sudden death of "pro-life, eco-feminist" activist Mary Krane Derr just weeks prior to the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision took her friends by surprise. Derr, 49, who suffered from chronic health problems, became ill in India, where she was doing a poetry reading, and died Nov. 30 after returning to her Chicago home. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Derr, her daughter, Sarah, and a grandson.
NCR Board member, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, met recently in Manila with its recently appointed archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. It’s not unusual for Lewis to be traveling her native country. She returns there nearly monthly to look into the many activities she is involved in there. Loida, a philanthropist, author and lawyer, is the former National Chairwoman of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, the largest advocacy group for Filipino Americans in the United States. She is also the chair of U.S.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a reluctant leader, "but he was willing to put himself out there," said Deacon Melvin Tardy Jr.
Oblates of Mary Immaculate Fr. Tissa Balasuriya died Wednesday at the age of 89. His book Mary and Human Liberation led to his excommunication, which was later lifted.
A Vatican officials says U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong's admission to doping is the tip of the iceberg: High-stakes commercial interests pressure almost professional cyclists into the illegal practice.
Michael Greene founded the National Catholic Reporter in 1964. After he left the newspaper, he turned to philanthropy and social justice advocacy.
The letter, which makes no specific charges, had to be translated from Latin before Roy Bourgeois knew what it said.
Bishop Oscar Cantú, 46, auxiliary bishop of San Antonio, new leader of Las Cruces, N.M.