Tag: Racism

Hopeless to hopeful

Hopeless to hopeful

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | January 11, 2018 | 7 Comments

As a seminarian, I spent three months working in one of the oldest public housing complexes in the nation. Rows and streets of multi-storied redbrick apartment buildings were filled with more illegal residents than could be counted.

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Baltimore archbishop announces Maryland task force to address racism

Baltimore archbishop announces Maryland task force to address racism

| September 29, 2017 | 2 Comments

A statewide task force made up of Catholic and other officials has been formed in Maryland to work for better race relations and “to address the sin of racism that continues to be a divisive force in our country,” the Archdiocese of Baltimore said in a Sept. 27 news release.

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Priest: U.S., Church need to deal with racism’s deep roots

Priest: U.S., Church need to deal with racism’s deep roots

| Susan Klemond | September 27, 2017 | 11 Comments

The United States will only heal from racism and become a just society when Americans honestly address racism’s underlying causes, Father Bryan Massingale said Sept. 20 in a lecture at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

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Elevating conversation: Catholics engage in dialogue on race, religion

Elevating conversation: Catholics engage in dialogue on race, religion

| September 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

“The biggest point that we emphasize is use your heart, not [just] your head, in the conversation, so when somebody says ‘This is my experience,’ you don’t try and argue them out of it.”

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Catholic leaders, groups urge all Americans to confront ‘sin of racism’

Catholic leaders, groups urge all Americans to confront ‘sin of racism’

| August 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Franciscan Action Network called on all Americans, “especially ourselves and those who have benefited from white privilege,” to look within themselves “and confront America’s original sin — the sin of racism.”

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In wake of Castile verdict, Archbishop Hebda calls for unity

In wake of Castile verdict, Archbishop Hebda calls for unity

| June 18, 2017 | 6 Comments

“I ask all Catholics and all who will worship with us this weekend,” Archbishop Hebda said, “to pray in particular for a mending of divisions along lines of race, religion and national origin, that all too often find expression in violence, hatred, prejudice and mistrust.”

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Catholic communities organize activities to battle racism

Catholic communities organize activities to battle racism

| August 26, 2016 | 5 Comments

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Archbishop Bernard Hebda will lead a public prayer service at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Peter Claver, 375 Oxford St. N., St. Paul. On Sept. 11, St. Bridget in Minneapolis is hosting an ecumenical prayer and worship service with Minneapolis’ New Creation Church. “Come Together: Seeking God’s Peace” will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Bridget’s campus, 3811 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis.

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U.S. church urged to turn attention to racism before fractures widen

U.S. church urged to turn attention to racism before fractures widen

| Dennis Sadowski | July 15, 2016 | 4 Comments

Father Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese and well-known theologian, knows what it’s like to be watched by police.

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Cathedral to hold Philando Castile’s funeral

Cathedral to hold Philando Castile’s funeral

| July 12, 2016 | 6 Comments

Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile, requested to hold the service at the Cathedral because she wished the funeral to be an ecumenical opportunity for “people to come together in a new way” and pray for peace and reconciliation.

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Archbishop Hebda at Mass for peace: Pray for healing of community divisions

Archbishop Hebda at Mass for peace: Pray for healing of community divisions

| July 8, 2016 | 5 Comments

“Feeling that pain in our community and beyond, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, helpless, anxious, and yet it is precisely in those moments that we know our own weakness that we have the opportunity to make known the love and strength of our God, a God that offered a great a hope to his people at a time when they were hopeless,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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Teens take on timely issue of race in unique play

Teens take on timely issue of race in unique play

| February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

In a production whose echoes are heard today in the Black Lives Matter movement, Cretin-Derham Hall High School students in St. Paul talk about presenting “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” a theatrical documentary surrounding the Rodney King incident, the trial of the police officers involved and the rioting that ensued when their initial acquittal was announced.

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