Author Archives: Nancy O'Brien

No one chooses to be a refugee

By Maria Pia Negro Catholic News Service “Every minute eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.” That is just one of the statistics about refugees that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees agency offers. What decisions … Continue reading

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Seeing the bigger picture on health care

With climate change characterized as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” Catholic health providers are working to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint. Climate change “is already negatively impacting human health” and its effects “will … Continue reading

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Late Rep. Donald Payne’s Catholic connections

U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, D-N.J., who died March 6 of colon cancer at a New Jersey hospital, was a Baptist but held many Catholic institutions in high esteem. A graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., he … Continue reading

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New man in charge at bishops’ spring meeting

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Leading his first meeting as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York didn’t take long to place his distinctive mark on the proceedings. “Let the record show I’m five … Continue reading

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Family-focused TV movie has strong moral core, timely message

By John Mulderig Catholic News Service                 The perennial problem of bullying in schools has received increased attention of late, and so provides a timely theme for the made-for-TV movie “Field of Vision.” This family-focused drama — which boasts a … Continue reading

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Archbishop signs on to keep abuser in prison

Those who read our touching story about abuse survivor Elizabeth Ann Murphy, courtesy of  The Catholic Review in Baltimore,  might be interested in a petition she is promoting to keep her abuser, former Catholic school teacher John A. Merzerbacher, in jail. … Continue reading

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The debate continues on abortion and health care

Anyone who closely followed the debate in March over whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did or did not leave open the possibility of federal funding of abortion will want to read this new analysis by Helen Alvare, … Continue reading

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