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'Merry Christmas' vs. 'Happy holidays'


Sometimes, we get involved in arguments that seem (to me, at least) downright silly. And one of these is about whether to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy holidays" to family, friends and co-workers at this time of the year.

As someone who hosts an interfaith radio show and works with several people who are Jewish, Muslim or agnostic and welcomes guests who represent the full panoply of faith traditions, it's easy to decide which to use.

Nonviolence proponents meet with Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Gallagher


Several representatives of groups that participated in a landmark Vatican meeting last spring to reevaluate the Catholic church’s long-held just war theory met with church officials in Rome again this week, including the archbishop who serves as the Vatican’s foreign minister.

Members of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative -- a project that includes groups such as Pax Christi International, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and umbrella groups of men and women religious -- also met with an archbishop working for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Fighting for Immigrants?


It's been a long time since priests and bishops could simply change minds or create policy on the strength of their vested authority. These days Catholics and others are likely to pay little to no attention. There are many reasons for this, of course, but if's pretty safe to say those days are gone forever. Without persuasive arguments that reflect widespread lay, secular belief, their voices have been made marginal.


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February 10-23, 2017