Faith and Justice: A Q&A with Fr. Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Vatican's new Section for Migrants and Refugees, reporting directly to Pope Francis.
If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and racial profiling.
Back in 1963, Merton called the civil rights movement "the most providential hour, the kairos not merely of the Negro, but of the white man."
His words echoed Saturday among black pastors at a conference, titled "Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton," hosted by Louisville's Center for Interfaith Relations. The event marked the 100th anniversary of Merton's birth.
With public money drying up, agricultural schools have had to turn to the private sector for research grants. Those for-profit firms are more likely to support research to benefit their bottom line.
An official at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said despite widespread news reports, he does not expect Pope Francis to write an encyclical on poverty.