Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Activist Women. The winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa’s first elected female president — her compatriot, peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen, a civil society campaigner.
Catholic Charities in the Illinois Diocese of Peoria announced today that its staff and clients would transition to a newly formed non-profit organization with no affiliation to the Roman Catholic Church, which will provide adoption and foster care services to couples in civil unions, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rumor has it that the Wall Street Occupiers are coming to D.C. today. And they are spreading to other cities nationwide. It's about time. For many people, these protests are a welcome sign that the predatory attitudes and practices of Wall Street are seeping into the consciousness of ordinary citizens. Best of all, many of the young are beginning to act.
This past week 4,100 California prisoners confined in maximum security sites have refused at least nine consecutive meals, meeting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) standard for reporting a hunger strike. About 12,000 prisoners are reported by the Federal Receiver's office to have refused some meals this week.
On this day, 200 years ago, Eulalie Durocher was born in this house in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada.
In 1831, after her mother died, Eulalie and her father went to live with Eulalie's brother, Theophile, a priest at Beloeil. Eulalie managed the "household and the parish rectory. For the next thirteen years she learned a great deal about the spiritual and social needs of a parish, especially the need for schools. In 1843 the new bishop suggested that Eulalie form a religious congregation dedicated to education. Her brother strongly objected to losing his trusted right hand, but Eulalie overcame his resistance and with two companions founded the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary."
--The Big Book of Women Saints, by Sarah Gallick, HarperOne, 2007, page 315.
Opinion: Faithful Citizenship in 2012
There will be no same-sex marriages performed at West Point's Catholic chapel, according to the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.
The U.S. bishops stepped firmly back into the political arena this week, with two moves aimed at influencing both government policies and Catholic voters. Taken together, the moves seem to indicate a new focus for the bishops’ conference on stressing issues of conscience in political debates.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on a news conference called today by Pittsurgh Bishop David A. Zubik: Read more: Bishop Zubik denies charge leveled by former Quigley student
The paper reports on its website:
According to Fordham University's press release:
“Show me a successful individual, and I’ll show you someone who has had positive influences in his or her life. The late Bob Stone, my mentor, was a former actor and professor at Fordham University. Bob was one of those influences in my life. He believed in me and gave me something to live up to,” Washington said. “I wanted to create the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship and Chair in Theatre at Fordham in order to offer the next generation of students positive influences. Phylicia Rashad, as the inaugural holder of the chair, will provide the care, compassion and that extra push to help take students where they’re meant to go.”
The high-profile case of Troy Anthony Davis has once again focused national attention on the death penalty with new voices weighing in. Among the most compelling are those of former department of correction officials who oversaw executions.
Like combat veterans recounting the realities of battle, they provide details about an execution that are unknown or ignored whenever capital punishment is discussed in the abstract.