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Wall Street protests

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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.

Prison hunger strike

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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: Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher

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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.

Denzel Washington donates $2.25 million to Fordham

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According to Fordham University's press release:

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, FCLC ’77, has made a $2 million gift to endow the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre and a $250,000 gift to establish the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship for an undergraduate student studying theatre at Fordham.

“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.”

Former executioners weigh in on death penalty

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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.

On this day: St. Faustina Kowalska

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On this day the Catholic Church remembers St. Faustina Kowalska, 1905-1938.


"Sister Mary Faustina, an apostle of the Divine Mercy, belongs today to the group of the most popular and well-known saints of the Church. Through her the Lord Jesus communicates to the world the great message of God's mercy and reveals the pattern of Christian perfection based on trust in God and on the attitude of mercy toward one's neighbors."

--from the Biography at the Vatican web site.




But not all Catholics find St. Faustina or her private revelations helpful or credible.

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