By: James Porter*
When thinking of Lent, many people think about what they are going to “give up.” From chocolate and sweets to Facebook, the wide range of things people are willing to go without for 40 days varies. However, the true power of Lent as a journey of reflection, resolution, and renewal is sometimes lost as we march towards that chocolate bunny on Easter.
By: James Porter* and Jeff Chenoweth**
Earlier this year, CLINIC reached a milestone in its 23-year history: it accepted its 200th affiliate. Starting with only 17 members in 1988, hard work and collaboration has paid off. In part, aided by the addition of non-Catholic subscribers, CLINIC has become the largest network of charitable immigration service providers operating in 46 states out of 292 field offices.
By: Allison Posner*
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing 230,000, injuring 300,000 and leaving another million people homeless. The immediate response was overwhelming, with many countries and humanitarian organizations offering rescue and medical assistance, then food, shelter and other aid.
By: Hiroko Kusuda, Helen Chen, and James Porter
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Southeast Louisiana ravaging parishes, towns, and cities across the Gulf Coast. When the levees broke that protected the city of New Orleans from the surrounding waterways, 80% of the city wound up under water. The city has begun to rebound with the population at 90% of its pre-Katrina numbers. This year, CLINIC had its annual convening in downtown New Orleans, and it was a major success.
By: Crista Cornavaca and James Porter
By: Jennie Guilfoyle
January 17, 2010 marks the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In a statement prepared for the day, Pope Benedict XVI said:
Pope Benedict XVI has officially declared June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010 the "Year for Priests." In his declaration of the "Year for Priests," the Pope mentions the ecclesial, communal, hierarchical, and doctrinal dimensions that come with being a priest. He also emphasized that without priests, "there would be no Eucharist, no mission" and no Church. Pope Benedict XVI goes on to say: