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Sisters of Charity Foundation awarded $359,500 in total grants to 46 nonprofits that are working to make life better for people experiencing poverty. The nonprofits are working to reduce poverty from three angles: meeting people's immediate needs, breaking cycle of poverty, and working to change systems considered drivers of poverty. 

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The heroism of doing one’s daily job is rarely romantic or adventurous. The grit is in the details. Mundane tasks sometimes are accomplished only through tireless work for many thankless hours.

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On this Veterans Day, let us remember the impact of the GI Bill for a generation of U.S. soldiers. It gave rise to social standing for White veterans and nearly guaranteed discrimination against Black veterans who were directed to attend underfunded Black-only colleges or diverted into trade schools where they were destined to lower-paying vocations.

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WASHINGTON — Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that comes months after nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice.

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Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.

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I want to encourage you to look in the unexpected places to find an unforeseen friend like Roger. Seek people of different colors, dissimilar political persuasions and unique sexual orientations. Reach out to those with tattoos and facial piercings, men with beards and women with outrageous hair color. Don’t avoid differences or demand similarities. Find each other’s heart.

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I’m lucky that my wife, Becky, still laughs at the preposterous proposal I made to another woman 42 years ago. Today, you’re also lucky because she’s approved my retelling the story to you.

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Many Americans are experiencing a proverbial butt-kicking from this virus. So I think it’s fair to ask God, “Where’s the mercy? Where’s the blessing?” While I can’t answer these questions for the world, I should probably turn inward and do my best to answer them for myself.

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“Next” is a truly delightful place to find yourself, because it means that you’ve arrived where you want to be. Even better, it means that you’ve finally vacated the place you were and loathed, i.e., the waiting line.

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If you really want to sustain our medical community heroes, stop the spread of the internet conspiracy stories. Stop them by thoughtfully and respectfully engaging the subject. Stop the spread of cut-and-paste opinions and replace them with the real stories of heroes like the St. Joseph’s staff.

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Of course, the veteran preacher was giving me more than a speech lesson. He was telling me that my pulpit voice had tragically become a puppet voice. I had mastered Billy Graham’s enunciation and Paul Harvey’s dramatic pause, but where was Norris?

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The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May sparked a similar wave of social unrest, but ministers and activists note the faith community has been largely absent when compared with their involvement in the struggles of the mid-1900s. The efforts are led largely by grassroots organizations and activists who are not waiting for cues from clergy.

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There’s something you should know about me. I suffer from an imaginary OCD, a mild case with respect to those who suffer the real mental health diagnosis. With my “Just Right” OCD version, I compulsively note license plates without current registration tags.

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If you don’t have a written directive, or you haven’t appointed someone who can confidently speak for you, then doctors will be obligated to do everything possible to save your life, even if “everything” means a painful delay of your death.

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Amid a backdrop of nationwide unrest over racism and injustices, several African American leaders in Charleston will aim to empower youths in a Virtual Summit. Panelists in the event, slated for 6 p.m. Thursday, will share difficult stories of their past to inspire children and young adults to know they can overcome obstacles to succeed in life.

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Why stand with those whose faith practice is so drastically different than mine? Because at the end of the day, if we refuse to stand together, then we will most decidedly fall alone.

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The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.


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