When Ambassador Robert White died in January, we all lost a great crusader for justice and human rights. The Jan. 30-Feb. 12 print issue of NCR includes a related story of the never-ending and escalating battle for those rights in Honduras, where we met White 50 years ago when he was a Foreign Service officer posted to the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
Parish Diary: In the last eight years, our two sister parishes have together built over 200 new houses for the poorest of the poor and repaired another 30 homes.
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Essay: Nicaragua. Land of mountains, lakes and a necklace of volcanoes. Land of poverty and earthquakes. Land of revolution. Land of hopes and dreams.
Analysis: Miguel D'Escoto's return to priestly ministry sends another beacon of light from Francis to unravel the misunderstanding of the last 60 years.
I can hear my friend Bill Callahan, formerly of the Quixote Center, cheering from his perch in heaven at the news that Pope Francis is reinstating Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann as a priest. Bill knew Miguel D'Escoto, a member of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, personally when Miguel was the foreign minister of Nicaragua during the days of the Sandinistas (1979-90). They were friends and allies, both opposed to the Reagan wars in Central America, both deeply concerned about the poor.
Maryknoll Fr. Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, 81, had written to the Vatican that he wanted to be able to celebrate Mass again "before dying."
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Rudi Edel has been to the Dominican Republic 17 times to help build schools and medical clinics for the country's poor areas.
Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano was with his mother when he heard the announcement that Pope Francis was elevating him to the College of Cardinals.
In downtown Asheville, N.C., across the street from the unemployment office, a couple of blocks away from the social services agency and less than a mile from the county jail, there is an old yellow house where everyone is welcome. By day it is a shelter for the city’s homeless -- a place to rest, eat a meal, find a friend and escape the heat -- and by night a home to Amy Cantrell, her partner, Lauren White, and a few others who help out with chores, cooking and maintenance.