Category Archives: politics

St. Damien: A model for public servants

When Congressional leaders, ambassadors and others gathered in a U.S. Senate hearing room to honor St. Damien de Veuster Nov. 19, Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva compared the work of the Belgian-born saint to that of public servants. Bishop Silva noted that … Continue reading

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Scripture, Canada and the health care debate

Health care reform in the United States has gone from heated debate to raging firestorm over the past couple of months. The smoke is drifting north of the border into our sister nation, Canada. During the discussions about what universal … Continue reading

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Ambassador’s ceremony draws an eclectic crowd

A Supreme Court justice, an actor and a Catholic university president walk into the State Department….. … and formalize the swearing in of their mutual friend, constitutional lawyer Douglas Kmiec, as ambassador to Malta. What sounds like the opening to … Continue reading

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The busy, busy White House beat

It’s been a big couple of weeks for Catholic news connected to the White House. An interview with President Barack Obama, a gathering of the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, the meeting last Friday between the president and … Continue reading

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Obama cites influence of Cardinal Bernardin, prepares to meet pope

(cross-post from our Web site) UPDATED: Read full story here SECOND UPDATE: Two more stories here and here THIRD UPDATE: Obama says he wants to talk with pope about aid to world’s poor By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service WASHINGTON … Continue reading

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Saguaro seminar stays with Obama

Religion News Service posted today on its homepage a story by reporter Daniel Burke that describes the long-lasting effect of a little-known chapter in the early career of President Barack Obama. A 1997 series of Harvard lectures on social capital, … Continue reading

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Bishop D’Arcy not opposed to ‘peaceful’ protests about commencement

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CNS) — Bishop John M. D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend said he was not opposed to “peaceful” demonstrations against the University of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at this year’s commencement. (full story)

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