Even though the crowd was smaller than in the past, the spirit remained powerful for the 2,000 people who came to the gathering.
Young Voices: I was moved to witness God's inspiration and work in the lives of even younger voices at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.
We've heard that parable many times, and I'm sure many times we've interpreted it for ourselves or heard someone explain it as a parable about receiving gifts from God -- talents, abilities -- and how important it is to use them. Not to waste them, not to let them be dormant, but to be energetic in using what God has given to us, using all our talents for good purposes so that we will hear God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Come enjoy the blessings of God's kingdom."
NCR Today: Cupich's installation; Boko Haram continues to cause fear, oppression in Nigeria; poll says majority of U.S. Catholics oppose religious exemption on birth control.
NCR Today: Coverage of the SOA watch and anniversary of El Salvador killings continues; Francis confirms trip to U.S.; Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision
Fr. Ismael Moreno, known as Padre Melo, was friends with the Jesuit priests slain by SOA graduates in El Salvador in 1989.
Jesuits in the U.S. had to face that these executions had been carried out by a military force that enjoyed the full support of their own government.
NCR Today: 25th anniversary of Jesuit massacre; Catholic church losing ground in Latin America; Germany sees rising anti-Semitism; Patti Smith performing at Vatican Christmas concert
The sheets came off and there in death were the priests I had known in life. What I was seeing was inevitable, I thought, given what I knew of the men.
For the first time, federal funding will help pay for unaccompanied minor immigrants to get legal assistance, including through Catholic agencies that will receive a little more than half of $4.2 million in grants for this fiscal year.
An additional $4.8 million will be allocated for the legal program for the 2015 fiscal year.