Author Archives: Sarah Christian

Hundreds Feared Dead After Sinking of Ship near Malta

Awful news off the coast of Malta: Hundreds of migrants may have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days, bringing the number of victims so far this year to more than four times last year’s total, the International Organization of Migration said Monday. About 500 people, mainly from Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Syria and […]

Pope Francis Weds 40, Including Cohabitants

One of the themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate seems to be encouraging people to feel more welcome when it comes to receiving the sacraments. He has attacked those who refuse to baptize children whose parents are not married. He has encouraged people to go to confession, even if we haven’t been in a long time. […]

Labor Day 2014: Rejecting an Economy of Exclusion

The USCCB’s 2014 Labor Day statement follows in Pope Francis’ footsteps. The statement highlights those who have been left behind as the economy has recovered from the Great Recession: Digging a little deeper, however, reveals enduring hardship for millions of workers and their families. The poverty rate remains high, as 46 million Americans struggle to […]

Jim Foley, Faith, and Heroic Journalism

A new video online shows the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS. Questions remain over how he fell into the hands of ISIS, as many thought he was being held captive by the Syrian regime: What is unclear is if previous investigations into Foley’s whereabouts were inaccurate, if ISIS militants somehow captured Foley […]

Are Payday Loans a Form of Theft?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently had a good segment on an issue that seems to fly under the radar: predatory lending, specifically payday loans (caution: some may find the content of the video offensive…it is HBO, after all). Bishop Stephen Blaire and the USCCB took a strong stand on this issue last year: […]

Pope Francis’ Top 10 Keys to Happiness

Here are 10 keys to happiness outlined by Pope Francis in his latest interview (via CNS and Patheos): Live and let live Be giving of yourself to others Be kind, humble, and calm Have a healthy sense of leisure Sundays are for family time, not work Find dignified work for young people Care for creation […]

Pope Francis Pulls Over His Car to Bless, Kiss Disabled Woman

Another day, another inspiring act by Pope Francis. via The Daily Mail: Pope Francis stopped his car on a quiet country highway to kiss a young disabled women who was waiting by the side of the road with her family to see him pass. The leader of the Catholic Church had been returning from an […]

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