In the summer of 1956, as a 6th grader, I watched the Democratic National Convention with amazement as a young Irish Catholic senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, came within 38 ½ votes of the Democratic nomination for vice president of the United States. I also watched as he lost that nomination to Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee on the next ballot.
John F. Kennedy
Retired U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford met Holy Cross Fr. Ted Hesburgh in the 1950s. The two global citizens and public servants quickly became kindred spirits.
A not-insignificant part of the diplomatic coup pulled off by the White House and Cuban leaders Dec. 17 was that hardly anyone knew they had been working toward a reset in relations between the two neighbors and longtime antagonists.
A young and vivacious Jackie Bouvier visited Ireland in her early 20s, made friends with a semi-retired priest and fell for a charming Irish lawyer.
Newly released letters between former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest reveal Kennedy's struggles to keep her faith after her husband's assassination.
The letters exchanged by Kennedy and Vincentian Fr. Joseph Leonard, who died in 1964, are set to be auctioned in Dublin in June. Excerpts were published in The Irish Times newspaper.
Peace Corps volunteers' experiences reveal the world to them and open their eyes to the global church.
Auxiliary Bishop Philip Hannan of Washington was a close friend and confidant of President John F. Kennedy, but he had kept that friendship secret.
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy was shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. This is one woman's story of where she was.
As I mentioned earlier, I am on sabbatical from my teaching position in Chicano studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara this fall and, as a result, have not written many blogs as I work on my biography of Fr. Luis Olivares and the sanctuary movement in Los Angeles. However, with all the attention recently on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, I feel compelled to say a few words about President Kennedy's impact on me and on what I was doing the day of the assassination.
This weekend, thousands will converge on Columbus, Ga., for the annual protest at the School of the Americas, a U.S. military training institution for Latin American militaries and death squads, officially called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Once again, we will mourn the dead, march for peace and call for the closing of this terrorist training camp.