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Revisiting 'Pacem in Terris' personally after 50 years


At a lunch with an old friend this Tuesday [April 10] I reminded him how much Pope John XXIII’s 1963 encyclical, Pacem in Terris (“Peace on Earth”) had changed our lives.

In 1970 both of us – he from Brooklyn, I from the Diocese of Fargo, N.D. – left Theological College, the U.S. bishops’ national seminary at The Catholic University of America.

With the low-salary entry-level jobs typical for ex-collegians with liberal arts/philosophy/theology majors, we and a third ex-seminarian joined up to share an inexpensive apartment in the Washington suburbs.

Day Two at the Ignatian Family Teach-In


After a long day that began with a prayer service commemorating "prophets of a future not our own," which in this case meant various lay people whose witness had inspired members of the Ignatian Family, and ended with an emotional night time prayer service in a park adjacent to the United States Capitol, day two of the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice has come to a close.

Day One of the Teach-In Concludes


Following the traditional and much anticipated annual t-shirt swap between student delegations from various Jesuit schools, and most groups’ departure to engage in reflection (in the finest Ignatian tradition), the first day of the Teach-In has concluded. After one day at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, memorable and inspirational moments seem to be the hallmark of the conference. The conference’s theme, “Imagination Reform: Moving beyond the margins,” has been central to the message of each student and keynote speaker here.

NCR at the Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice


If the news day is a bit slow for you, fear not. This weekend, NCR will be at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, DC. The ITFJ is an annual meeting of Jesuit institutions (mostly colleges and universities) from across the country, gathering to discuss issues of justice, and to become more informed about the issues of our time. Held annually on the anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador, the event brings together over 1,000 people (mostly students) from all parts of the country, inspired by the spirituality of St.



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November 20-December 3, 2015


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