Notes on Peace and Justice

Women religious who are part of the Bakhita Initiative: U.S. Catholic Sisters United Against Human Trafficking, met with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., second from left, to urge passage of legislation to aid victims of human trafficking Sept. 19. (Courtesy of Bakhita Initiative)

Women religious who are part of the Bakhita Initiative: U.S. Catholic Sisters United Against Human Trafficking, met with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., second from left, to urge passage of legislation to aid victims of human trafficking Sept. 19. (Courtesy of Bakhita Initiative)

Women religious join human trafficking foes at White House

Women religious tackling the scourge of human trafficking joined a White House summit on the issue. What the sisters saw at the summit Sept. 16 was a rising groundswell of support to restrict trafficking across the U.S. ,said Sister Margaret Nacke, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kan.

“There were people from all over the country who were in positions where they could make a difference in countering trafficking,” she told Catholic News Service.

With their presence, the sisters raised their profile among organizations working on trafficking concerns. Continue reading

Short, sweet, simple: Francis & the Rule of Three

UPDATED Sept. 27: How amazing is that? The pope just got done speaking to catechists tonight about his use of threes!

He posed a question and then prepared to give some answers:

“First of all, I will talk about three things: one, two, three, like old-timer Jesuits used to do, right? One, two, three!” he smiled, as the audience laughed and clapped.

Prophetic? or does he read the CNSBlog!!??

Pope leads general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in St. Peter’s Square in April. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis likes to boil most of his talks down to three bullet points.

The most memorable was his first homily as pope in a Mass with the cardinals who elected him, where he summed up faith in Jesus as being three kinds of movement: journeying, building, professing.

In some cases, like that March 14 Mass, he was capturing themes evident in the day’s three readings, but in most cases the “Rule of Three” works for Pope Francis as a simple framework upon which to hang just a few key concepts, making them easier for his audience to remember.

Since the pope basically inundated us with a huge number of texts this weekend, I thought it might be a fun time-saver for readers if they had a summary of Pope Francis’ important points by pulling out his “Famous Threes” from Sunday in Sardinia and Saturday at the Vatican: Continue reading

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