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The Gift of Diversity: Celebrating the Spiritual Gifts of Black Catholics

Black Catholics have long struggled with the evil of racism both within and outside the Church in the United States. A prominent African American Catholic author and activist reflects on how diversity brings about both healing and a richer faith.  
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The Franciscan Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What do an American civil rights icon of the 1960s and an Italian mystic from the 13th century have in common? More than you might think.
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A woman claps during the Feb. 5, 2023, Mass for Black History Month at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church in Washington. During the Mass, Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory called on Black Catholics and all people of color to "vastly improve our world with an understanding of the strength of character that resides within the souls of our people." (OSV News photo/Mihoko Owada, Catholic Standard)

National Black Catholic Congress XIII to be held in Washington area in July

During Black History Month in February, Catholics are being invited to register to attend this summer's National Black Catholic Congress, which over the years has made history of its own.
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Protesters stand with a sign reading "Racism Is Our Longest Plague" in Washington Aug. 28, 2020, during the "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" Commitment March on Washington 2020 in support of racial justice. (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters)

Racism leaves mark on U.S. housing, wealth creation, say panelists

When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued its stark appraisal of the endurance of racism in U.S. society with the pastoral letter "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love" in November 2018, the national reckoning with race ...
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Blooming cherry blossoms surround the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington March 27, 2021. (CNS photo/Cheriss May, Reuters)

‘His memory still resonates’: Franciscan sister recalls MLK

Almost everyone familiar with the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knows the value that the civil rights leader put on living a long life. The phrase "longevity has its place" is now enshrined within his last ...
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Voting Is a Pro-life Issue

Sister Anita Baird wants to make sure that every person's vote matters, especially those in the minority.
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