WOMEN RELIGIOUS: “Influential” Ugandan nun shines light on sacred tradition of Black Catholic women


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WOMEN RELIGIOUS: “Influential” Ugandan nun shines light on sacred tradition of Black Catholic women

Originally posted on PAX CHRISTI USA:

by Shannen Dee Williams

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe photographed in Paidha, Uganda, where she was born and raised, giving tour while shooting for the film, Sewing Hope. The picture was taken in October of 2011. Photo Credit: Derek Watson

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe photographed in Paidha, Uganda, where she was born and raised, giving tour while shooting for the film, Sewing Hope. The picture was taken in October of 2011. Photo Credit: Derek Watson

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s inclusion on Time magazine’s 2014 list of the world’s 100 most influential people represents a pivotal breakthrough moment for black Catholic nuns in the Atlantic world, although most people don’t realize it.

Featured alongside the likes of Pope Francis and music entertainment mogul Beyoncé, Sister Rosemary is the first black nun to be named to this prestigious list of world leaders, and this fact should not be so easily overlooked.

After all, the 2013 controversy surrounding the casting of five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess in NBC’s live remake of The Sound of Music painfully revealed that there are still plenty of people in the world…

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The tragedy of World War I and learning from past mistakes


Originally posted on CNS Blog:

By Henry Daggett

VATICAN CITY — Calling July 28 a day of mourning over the “tragic” outbreak of World War I 100 years ago, Pope Francis said he hoped the mistakes of the past would not be repeated.

“In particular, today, my thoughts go to three critical areas: the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine,” the pope said. Referring to the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine, the persecution of Christians and Muslims alike by radical Islamist movements in Northern Iraq and the political upheavals and violence in eastern Ukraine, the pope asked people to join him “in prayer that the Lord may grant to the people and authorities of those areas the wisdom and strength needed to push ahead on the path of peace by addressing each dispute with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation with the power of reconciliation.”

Christopher Clark, a professor of modern history at the…

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End the Violence in Gaza


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End the Violence in Gaza

Originally posted on FSPA for Justice and Peace:

With anyone concerned about the violence in Gaza, I wanted to share this great resource from Pax Christi. Please see below for a Pray, Study and Act email from Pax Christi USA.

Greetings of peace! (reposted from Pax Christi)

Over the past few days, we have received many emails expressing the concern, grief, outrage, and heartbreak people are feeling over the violence in Gaza. The death toll rises dramatically each day. The infrastructure which people rely on to live crumbles under the bombing. As one PCUSA member wrote, “When will we ever learn?”

The cycle of violence must be unmasked and named and transformed. As people of faith, we engage through prayer, study and action. Below and in the sidebar on the left, you will find some resources for engaging this tragedy. Below is also a link to the new statement we released this morning regarding the violence…

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Franciscan Friary hit by Missile in Syria


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Franciscan Friary hit by Missile in Syria

Originally posted on Dating God:

27558Although this happened a few days ago on Sunday evening, this report just came in via Vatican Radio:

On Sunday evening, July 20th, an air-launched missile struck the Franciscan monastery in Yacubiyah, a village located not far from the Turkish border in the Orontes Valley in north-west Syria. The building belonging to the Friars Minor of the Custody of the Holy Land was severely damaged. According to a notice from Fr. Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Dhiya Azziz, who was working inside the monastery when the missile struck, reported that he was uninjured, other than a few blows to the head. “Fortunately, when the missile fell the friar was not in his room, which was completely destroyed”, stated Fr. Pizzaballa, who then repeated the call to pray for peace in Syria and the Middle East.

In spite of the damages caused by the war in Syria, little acts…

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