For your consideration


“What on earth are you doing?” said I to the monkey when I saw him lift a fish from the water and place it on a tree.

“I am saving it from drowning’,” was the reply.

This is from Anthony DeMello’s collection of stories The Song of the Bird.


Actions – Links

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace can be found on line at: 

Catholic Relief Services produces which “connects key global issues such as hunger, migration, HIV & AIDS and international poverty to the university classroom and campus.” Catholic Relief Services also produces an action center for people to take online action on issues of global poverty. Find it at:


“Crazy Facts”

16 states have more people in prisons and jails than college housing.


According to a report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013. After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the group’s global press freedom rankings to number 46.




• Two thirds of the 774 million adult illiterates worldwide are women – the same proportion for the past 20 years and across most regions.

• Gaps between girls’ and boys’ primary enrolment have closed in the majority of countries, but gender parity is still a distant goal for some.

• 72 million children of primary school age are not attending school, out of which over 39 million (or 54 per cent) are girls.

• Worldwide, women account for slightly more than a quarter of all scientific researchers – an increase compared to previous decades but still very far from parity.

• Use of and access to the Internet grew exponentially in the past decade, narrowing the gender digital divide – however, women still do not have the same level of access as men in most countries, whether more or less developed.