Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was assassinated on Holy Thursday, April 4, 1968. He was a pastor, a prophet and a martyr who shared a deep compassion for the poor, the oppressed, the excluded; a deep passion for justice and commitment to defend and protect the vulnerable; and a deep love for the Gospel, the Beatitudes, and the Church.
The terrorist attacks took place in Paris on November 13 was a tragedy that shook the world. Multiple shootings and explosions hit the busiest area of the city on Friday night, causing more than one hundred deaths. President Hollande responded to the attacks by calling it an “act of war,” and ordered another round of air strikes in Syria.
“Why did the Catholic bishops get interested in the drone issue? The short answer is because human lives are at stake. Our Church, like many other religious traditions, teaches that human beings have a basic dignity that must be respected…. To take a human life is a grave thing: ‘Thou shalt not kill.’” – Bishop Richard E.
Rampant human trafficking in Malaysia became an international controversy when Malaysia was upgraded from blacklist to tier 2 watch list in the “Trafficking in Persons Report” (TIP) only so Malaysia could be included in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is an international trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries.
During our discussion, Marie asked an important question: Why do we prefer non-violence as a method of resolving conflicts rather than the use of weapons to force peace on other nations?
Pope Francis finally made his way to the US last month. While his deeds of random kindness were captured by cameras and journalists, his remarks were also in full media spotlight. One of the things the Pope called for when he addressed the U.S. Congress is a renewal of the spirit of politics. He reminded us that political consensus and legislation, “should be based on care for the people.”
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