Author Archives: Carol Zimmermann

Will Blessed Serra statue stay in its place at Capitol?

Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan who founded the California missions and is in line to be canonized a saint this fall when Pope Francis visits the United States, could potentially lose his spot in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall under a proposal by … Continue reading

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Catholic advocates not about to forget Ferguson riots

Less than three months after the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, discussions about race and role of police officers may have fallen off the 24-hour-news cycle’s radar but they have not been forgotten by Catholic social ministry advocates. During Feb. 8 … Continue reading

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Christmas Miracle: an escape from Nazis on Christmas Eve

In the Dec. 14 issue of St. Anthony Messenger, a rabbi and the magazine’s editor recount the story of a Christmas miracle that happened to a young Jewish woman. The woman was the mother of the article’s co-writer, Rabbi Abie Ingber, … Continue reading

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Squanto and the Franciscan friars

Here’s a tidbit for Thanksgiving meal conversation. The Native American, Tisquantum, or Squanto, one of the table guests at the 1621 Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebration we think of as the first Thanksgiving, might not have been there had it not been … Continue reading

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Boston cardinal reflects on ’60 Minutes’ interview

The Nov. 16 interview of  Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley by the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” generated so much of its own buzz that the cardinal decided to write about it Nov. 19 in Boston’s archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot. He … Continue reading

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Google doodle celebrates pop artist Corita Kent

Anyone doing a Google search today will be greeted with the Google doodle using art by Corita Kent to pay tribute to the pop artist, who was famous during the ’60s and ’70s and who for many years was a … Continue reading

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Promoting vocations through Skype

Technology isn’t just for math and science classes. For the past two years, Barbara Gilman, a third-grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha,Nebraska, has added a Skype session to the classroom discussion about vocations. She’s connected the class … Continue reading

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