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No nukes!

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Few world issues are as important as the challenge to drastically reduce US and Russian nuclear weapons. Doing so would mean to break open a decades' long log jam that has occurred as other nations have goone ahead building their own arsenals.

So it is important that the talks going on in Moscow this week make good progressive. It seems they are off to a good start as the Obama Administration appears more intent than it predecessor to cut nukes.

Out of Africa

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Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of a 54-year-old archbishop from the Central African Republic following an investigation into priests of his diocese who live more or less openly with women and the children they have fathered.

Live webcast by Fr. Richard Rohr

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You can tune into a live Webcast by Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr, Saturday, June 27 at 9am (mountain time) on "Men, Nature and the Soul." Fr. Rohr's recent contact with the teaching of Bill Plotkin has re-convinced him of his own Franciscan and creation-based spirituality, but from some new and helpful angles. "Could it be true that the deepest patterns of truth 'are there for the mind to see in the things that God has made?' (Romans 1:20). The cosmic Christ and creation itself are giving us very similar messages, if only we can be taught how to see."

Register for the Webcast by going to the Center for Action and Contemplation Web page www.cacradicalgrace.org.

Is she or isn't she Catholic?

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When word of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor began to flash through news rooms across the nation yesterday morning her Catholic affiliation quickly became an issue. She is Puerto Rican and most Puerto Ricans are Catholic. She attended a Catholic high school. So could it be assumed she was Catholic? Or was it safer to say she was "raised Catholic?" But does going to a Catholic school mean she was "raised Catholic?" What does it mean to be "raised Catholic?"

Celebrate June 5th: World Environment Day

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I hope NCR readers are familiar with the important work of the Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation of the USG/UISG Secretariat. Here is some background.

June 5th is World Environment Day and to mark this day the Commission wants us to join in with a number of actions, including saying a prayer it has written for the occassion.

If we are to save and celebrate our planet, its life - our corner of Creation - a conversion of heart is required. At the center of the crisis is a call to spiritual conversion. So consider this invitation.

'Lori should not appeal'

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More than a dozen victims of sexual abuse by priests and their supporters marched to the Catholic Center Tuesday afternoon to urge Bishop William E. Lori not to pursue any appeals to block the release of thousands of documents detailing abuse by clergy since the 1960s.

But Lori was not available so the protesters left a letter at the front desk and were given a written response from Bridgeport diocese officials.

Memorials for Fr. Rosebaugh

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Just received this note: There will be a Memorial Service for Oblate Fr. Lorenzo Rosebaugh on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 2 pm at Saint Benedict The Moore at 1015 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI.

For other Memorial Services please see Memorial to Lorenzo Rosebaugh at www.nonviolentworm.org. Photos and testimonials here.

Lorenzo in death, as he did in life, is calling us together to be
followers of the Way of Jesus.

Let us Celebrate Together the Life of this Holy Person.

'This place is different'

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Fr. Tom Iwanowski had just finished celebrating Mass (and baptizing four infants) on a sunny Sunday in May when we sat down to talk in a conference room of the rectory at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Jersey City, N.J.

This is one of those parishes about which people say, after just a few minutes in the congregation, “this place is different.”

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