Forty years later, Merton’s legacy looms large

Judy Valente |

TRAPPIST, Ky.-Around the country this month and next, many Roman Catholics will be remembering and honoring Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who died in a freak accident 40 years ago. Merton, who influenced generations of believers with both his monastic lifestyle and his prodigious writings, was especially important for bringing spirituality to the laity.

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Boys returned to families as abuse investigation continues

Tom Gordon |

ONEONTA, Ala.-Eleven juveniles who had been at a faith-based home for troubled boys have been returned to their parents and guardians while a probe continues into charges of abuse at the facility.

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Alleged church shooter sought anonymity in Ga. town

Brian T. Murray |

NEWARK, N.J. -After gunning down his wife, her cousin and a would-be rescuer in a Clifton, N.J., church, Joseph Pallipurath dumped his pistol, abandoned his Jeep and stepped aboard a bus with the hopes of fading into obscurity, said authorities who nabbed the accused fugitive early Tuesday (Nov. 25).

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Foundation announces $600,000 in “Life Prizes”

Adelle M. Banks |

A Massachusetts foundation has announced the first recipients of $600,000 in “Life Prizes” to honor people and organizations that support anti-abortion causes.

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COMMENTARY: Now thank we all our God …

Cathleen Falsani |

Whether you believe in God or not, Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to hit the cosmic pause button and take stock of your blessings, or graces, or plenty. And it’s also a time to build bridges, if only for the span of a dinner party. (Cathleen Falsani is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and […]

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Son of God ISO gainful employment

Kevin Eckstrom |

That wacky Jim Martin up at America magazine says he’s stumbled across Jesus’ interview with the Obama transition team about a place in the new administration. But there’s the small matter of that political appointee questionnaire that everyone says is so intrusive. From Jim’s meeting notes: 6.) If you or your spouse have performed any […]

40 years later, Merton’s legacy looms large

c. 2008 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly TRAPPIST, Ky. _ Around the country for the next few weeks, many Roman Catholics will remember and honor the life of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who died 40 years ago on Dec. 10, 1968, in a freak electrocution accident. Merton, who influenced generations of believers with both his monastic […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Foundation announces $600,000 in “Life Prizes’ (RNS) A Massachusetts foundation has announced the first recipients of $600,000 in “Life Prizes” to honor people and organizations that support anti-abortion causes. Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, and Kay Coles James, a former […]

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COMMENTARY: Now thank we all our God …

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It probably wasn’t the last Thursday in November, and there was no pumpkin pie. The Thanksgiving turkey was more likely a Thanksgiving goose, duck or even a crane. And there were no potatoes _ sweet, mashed, candied or otherwise _ on the menu for the first Thanksgiving feast in […]

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U.S.-Vatican relationship to shift under Obama White House

Francis X. Rocca |

c. 2008 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ In the 24 years since the U.S. and the Holy See established full diplomatic ties, relations have never been closer or warmer than during the administration of President George W. Bush. The two sides broke over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, but Bush’s personal esteem […]