Dorothy Day's granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, Speaks

Zinta Aistars - February 9th, 2018

“Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily,” Dorothy Day said. Her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, has done neither. She discusses her new book about her grandmother with Western Michigan University Radio

Catholic Worker Houses Remain a Place for Protest and the Poor

Amanda Abrams - January 30th, 2018

The Catholic Worker Movement promotes simple living, nonviolence, and doing the "works of mercy," actions like feeding the hungry and caring forthe sick. Best known are the hospitality houses, where the hosts and those in need live together like family. Catholic Workers also routinely protest violence and militarization.

10 Catholic priests arrested in protests in Congo

Fredrick Nzwili - Religion News Service - January 23, 2018

Protests against the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo have resulted in the arrest of 10 Catholic priests—a sign of the government’s willingness to defy church authorities at the forefront of the movement to oust its authoritarian leader. The protests against President Joseph Kabila on Jan. 21, called by the church’s Lay Coordination Committee, began after Mass and resulted in clashes in which six people were killed and more than 100 wounded, according to the United Nations.

ICCW Starts to Look for 2nd Property

Erin Jordan, The Gazette - December 26, 2017
The demand for emergency housing is so great in Iowa City, Catholic Worker House leaders now are preparing to buy a second house nearby to double the shelter capacity and offer more programming, said David Goodner, co-founder of the Iowa City program and a core volunteer. 'We have a major donor who is going to buy the second house for us,' Goodner said. The new house likely would serve as a hub for free weekday breakfasts, which have been lacking in the area, Goodner said. 'We also want to add free haircuts, foot care clinics, and add more showers and washer/dryers so more people can do laundry and bathe.'

 

Pope Francis' emotional message about a world preparing to go 'forcefully into war'

Marwa Eltagouri, The Washington Post - November 3, 2017
Pope Francis "told several thousand people at Mass that he believed the world was heading into what could be its biggest war yet, according to Reuters. Commemorating the young soldiers who died in World War II was of particular significance today, he said, because 'the world once more is at war and is preparing to go even more forcefully into war.' Francis did not elaborate on what he meant in saying the world is heading 'more forcefully into war.' But the ominous statement comes as antagonism between leaders in the United States and North Korea raises fears of a nuclear confrontation, and as violence and instability around the world have led to more profound human suffering and loss of innocent lives.

Wilad Akreyi receives Pacem In Terris Award

By Thomas Geyer - Quad-City Times - October 23, 2017
 On Sunday, October 22, 2017, Widad Akreyi, “co-founder of the human rights organization Defend International, earned her place among the world’s brightest brokers of peace when she was presented with the Pacem In Terris Peace and Freedom Award during a ceremony at Christ the King Chapel at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. Looking over the crowd of about 100, Akreyi said she was proud ‘to be the first woman born in Kurdistan’ to receive the award.”

Catholic Church leaders condemn Trump administration’s decision to end DACA

By Kevin Clarke - September 5, 2017
Reacting to the move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the bishops said, “Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country.”

'Break mirror of narcissistic culture,' says Pope Francis

By Junno Arocho Esteves - September 5, 2017
Speaking to young people of the Shalom community, Pope Francis warned them of the sadness caused by narcissism … "It is the sickness of the mirror," the pope said. "Young people, break this mirror! Don't look at the mirror because the mirror deceives," he said. "Look outside, look at others, escape from this world, from this culture we are living in that is consumeristic and narcissistic."

Catholic bishops condemn white supremacist rally that left one dead in Charlottesville

By Michael J. O'Loughlin - August 12, 2017
White supremacists hate all those whom God loves the most: the poor and the marginalized, immigrants, refugees, and the disabled. The economic dislocation and spiritual destitution these white men feel is the result of powerful forces outside of their control, and not the work of the least of these, our brothers and sisters. We pray that God's love and mercy will open the hearts of those deceived and distorted by the christian identity movement and white supremacy. Repent, and forgiveness can follow.

Regina students build Little Free Pantry for Catholic Worker House

By Lindsay Steele - July 20, 2017
IOWA CITY — It “may be but little,” to quote William Shakespeare, but the Little Free Pantry at the Catholic Worker’s hospitality house is making a big impact on neighborhood food insecurity. Catholic Worker volunteer David Goodner said people began using the Little Free Pantry, which was installed last month, right away. “We filled it twice in the first 48 hours,” he said.

Why telling the truth is crucial right now

By Carly Goodman, from AFSC - July 11, 2017
Dishonesty from the administration seems designed to destabilize faith in our institutions and to make us doubt our own perceptions of what’s real and what’s false. That is why we need to stay committed to telling the truth, and to stay focused on building a more peaceful and just society.

10 Catholic priests arrested in protests in Congo

Fredrick Nzwili - Religion News Service - January 23, 2018

Protests against the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo have resulted in the arrest of 10 Catholic priests—a sign of the government’s willingness to defy church authorities at the forefront of the movement to oust its authoritarian leader. The protests against President Joseph Kabila on Jan. 21, called by the church’s Lay Coordination Committee, began after Mass and resulted in clashes in which six people were killed and more than 100 wounded, according to the United Nations.

ICCW Starts to Look for 2nd Property

Erin Jordan, The Gazette - December 26, 2017
The demand for emergency housing is so great in Iowa City, Catholic Worker House leaders now are preparing to buy a second house nearby to double the shelter capacity and offer more programming, said David Goodner, co-founder of the Iowa City program and a core volunteer. 'We have a major donor who is going to buy the second house for us,' Goodner said. The new house likely would serve as a hub for free weekday breakfasts, which have been lacking in the area, Goodner said. 'We also want to add free haircuts, foot care clinics, and add more showers and washer/dryers so more people can do laundry and bathe.'

 

Pope Francis' emotional message about a world preparing to go 'forcefully into war'

Marwa Eltagouri, The Washington Post - November 3, 2017
Pope Francis "told several thousand people at Mass that he believed the world was heading into what could be its biggest war yet, according to Reuters. Commemorating the young soldiers who died in World War II was of particular significance today, he said, because 'the world once more is at war and is preparing to go even more forcefully into war.' Francis did not elaborate on what he meant in saying the world is heading 'more forcefully into war.' But the ominous statement comes as antagonism between leaders in the United States and North Korea raises fears of a nuclear confrontation, and as violence and instability around the world have led to more profound human suffering and loss of innocent lives.

Wilad Akreyi receives Pacem In Terris Award

By Thomas Geyer - Quad-City Times - October 23, 2017
 On Sunday, October 22, 2017, Widad Akreyi, “co-founder of the human rights organization Defend International, earned her place among the world’s brightest brokers of peace when she was presented with the Pacem In Terris Peace and Freedom Award during a ceremony at Christ the King Chapel at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. Looking over the crowd of about 100, Akreyi said she was proud ‘to be the first woman born in Kurdistan’ to receive the award.”

Catholic Church leaders condemn Trump administration’s decision to end DACA

By Kevin Clarke - September 5, 2017
Reacting to the move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the bishops said, “Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country.”

'Break mirror of narcissistic culture,' says Pope Francis

By Junno Arocho Esteves - September 5, 2017
Speaking to young people of the Shalom community, Pope Francis warned them of the sadness caused by narcissism … "It is the sickness of the mirror," the pope said. "Young people, break this mirror! Don't look at the mirror because the mirror deceives," he said. "Look outside, look at others, escape from this world, from this culture we are living in that is consumeristic and narcissistic."

Catholic bishops condemn white supremacist rally that left one dead in Charlottesville

By Michael J. O'Loughlin - August 12, 2017
White supremacists hate all those whom God loves the most: the poor and the marginalized, immigrants, refugees, and the disabled. The economic dislocation and spiritual destitution these white men feel is the result of powerful forces outside of their control, and not the work of the least of these, our brothers and sisters. We pray that God's love and mercy will open the hearts of those deceived and distorted by the christian identity movement and white supremacy. Repent, and forgiveness can follow.

Regina students build Little Free Pantry for Catholic Worker House

By Lindsay Steele - July 20, 2017
IOWA CITY — It “may be but little,” to quote William Shakespeare, but the Little Free Pantry at the Catholic Worker’s hospitality house is making a big impact on neighborhood food insecurity. Catholic Worker volunteer David Goodner said people began using the Little Free Pantry, which was installed last month, right away. “We filled it twice in the first 48 hours,” he said.

Why telling the truth is crucial right now

By Carly Goodman, from AFSC - July 11, 2017
Dishonesty from the administration seems designed to destabilize faith in our institutions and to make us doubt our own perceptions of what’s real and what’s false. That is why we need to stay committed to telling the truth, and to stay focused on building a more peaceful and just society.

How do you care for yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually while engaging in social change work?

July 3, 2017
Staff at the American Friends Service Committee take on the question.

 

Vijay Prashad on Displaced Persons

Counterspin - July 7, 2017
Displaced people aren’t one story; they’re 65.9 million, according to the UN Refugee Agency. But it’s not just a story about individuals. What’s the connection between displacement and the so-called war on terror? Climate disruption? Poverty? On displacement, If you aren’t telling the big, interconnected story, you aren’t telling the story. Janine Jackson from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting interviews Vijay Prachad, professor of international studies at Trinity College in Connecticut.

 

Rev. William Barber is building a new ‘moral movement’ to reach people on race

PBS News Hour - June 23, 2017
Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks with Reverend William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, co-authors of The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear about what it takes to tackle America’s racial divide.