Katie Daniels

World News, Editor

Tue

25

Apr

2017

Dorothy Day’s Granddaughter Speaks on Catholic Worker Legacy

by Katie Daniels

 

On Wednesday April 19 Kate Hennessy, a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren, spoke about her recent biography of her grandmother, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty. Subtitled “An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother”, the biography draws on newly discovered letters and diaries, as well as a decades-long series of conversations with Hennessy’s mother Tamar, to portray the complex relationship between Day and her only daughter.

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

Four Years of Francis

 

 

by Katie Daniels

 

“Thinking of the next pope,” then-Cardinal Bergoglio wrote before the last papal conclave, “he must be a man who from the contemplation and adoration of Jesus Christ helps the church to come out to the existential peripheries.”

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

State Supreme Court Rules Against Christian Florist in Religious Liberty Case

 

by Katie Daniels

 

Four years ago, a florist from Washington named Baronelle Stutzman refused to serve a same-sex wedding, saying her Christian religious beliefs defined marriage as between one man and one woman. On February 16, Washington state’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that said Stutzman’s actions violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

 

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

What Are We Marching For?

 

by Katie Daniels

 

It’s a cold and sunny day in late January and the city is flooded with people. Hundreds of thousands of women and men, many wearing pink hats and carrying pink signs, march in peaceful protest through the streets. Young moms push strollers, church groups sing hymns, and students snap pictures of the crowds. Even though many of the marchers have traveled a long way to be here, everyone is cheerful and courteous, excited to be standing in solidarity for a common cause.

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Tue

06

Dec

2016

Greek Orthodox Church Destroyed in 9/11 Re-Opens

by Katie Daniels

 

“The cross is the glory of the angels and the defeat of the demons,” chanted Archbishop Demetrios. Demetrios, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, turned and blessed the crowd around him, including a deacon, an archdeacon, and the Executive Director of the Port Authority. The group had gathered in the shadow of the World Trade Center to watch as a crane moved a 6-foot-3-inch cross on top of St. Nicholas Greek National Shrine.

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

Faith in Action: St. Joseph’s Project

by Katie Daniels

 

It was 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and the guys—two scruffy college seniors in flannels—were making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Standing in the cramped, sunny kitchen of Manresa House, they searched through the fridge for supplies they had bought with their own money—white bread, apples, fruit snacks. Sometimes they switched it up and made turkey and cheese sandwiches instead. The people they’d be giving the sandwiches to liked to have options, the boys explained.  

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

Donald Trump Beats Hillary Clinton in Presidential Race

by Katie Daniels

 

In the early hours of November 9, Donald Trump won key victories in decisive swing states to beat Hillary Clinton and become the 45th president of the United States. The real estate mogul and reality TV star won 290 electoral votes to the former Secretary of State’s 232, repudiating polls that predicted a Clinton win. Trump’s victory is widely seen as a populist rejection of the political establishment in favor of a candidate who promised to address the concerns of blue-collar white voters overlooked by the political elite.

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

Boston Archdiocese Spends $850,000 in Failed Attempt to Defeat Marijuana Legalization

 

by Katie Daniels

 

On November 8, Massachusetts voters passed a state ballot measure to legalize marijuana despite the Archdiocese of Boston’s last-minute effort to fund the anti-marijuana Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts. The archdiocese had donated $850,000 to the campaign on October 28, in addition to sending anti-ballot materials to parishes and schools.

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

Panelists Debate Conscience Formation at C21 Event

by Katie Daniels

 

On October 11, the Church in the 21st Century Center sponsored a panel on “Women’s Voices: Forming Conscience, Raising Consciousness” in the Cadigan Alumni Center on Brighton Campus. The event, part of the C21 Center’s fall theme of “conscience at work”, featured four women who drew examples from their personal and professional lives to illustrate how conscience informs their daily life.

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

Elmer’s Prayer

by Katie Daniels

 

The minivan drove out of the church’s flooded parking lot, pulled onto the one-lane country highway, and drove up into the Kentucky hills. It was drizzling, and a mist folded gently around tall, bone-thin trees. Through the water droplets on the minivan’s windows, the forest blurred into reddish brown and mossy green streaks of color.

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Tue

26

Apr

2016

Canadian Prime Minister Seeks to Legalize Assisted Suicide

by Katie Daniels

 

 

On April 14, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, introduced new legislation that would legalize doctor-assisted suicide for citizens suffering from “serious and incurable illness” which has caused them “physical or psychological suffering.”

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Wed

30

Mar

2016

What We Talk About When We Talk About Service

by Katie Daniels

 

Over spring break, I accidentally became a minor celebrity in southwestern Virginia. A local news station heard about our group, 12 BC students with the Appalachia Volunteers program spending our spring breaks in the tiny mountain town of Galax, Virginia. Like many of our parents and friends, the reporter wanted to know why we had “given up” our break to volunteer.

 

 

I didn’t mind answering a few questions for the reporter, unaware that the people of Galax actually watched their local news station. If I had known, I would have brushed my hair. For the rest of the week, old women patted my back and told me I did a real good job on the T.V. A teacher pointed me out to her kindergarten class. The church choir stopped mid-song to congratulate our group on our interview.

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Tue

29

Mar

2016

“Dear Pope Francis”: Pope Answers Questions from Children

by Katie Daniels

 

 

“Dear Pope Francis,” seven-year-old William begins, “If you could do one miracle, what would it be?” William’s letter, along with letters and artwork from 29 other children, will be published in a new book, Dear Pope Francis. Set for release on March 1 from Loyola Press in Chicago, the book took shape under the guidance of Rev. Antonio Spadero, S.J., the director of La Civilta Cattolica.

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Tue

29

Mar

2016

ISIS Terror Attack in Brussels Kills 31

by Katie Daniels

 

 

Three explosions in Brussels on March 22 killed 31 people and wounded 300. A news agency affiliated with ISIS claimed responsibility, calling Belgium “a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State.” The explosions in Brussels came just days after the police arrested the main surviving suspect in the attack in Paris last November that killed 130 people.

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Tue

29

Mar

2016

Pro-Life Club Organizes Human Rights Poll

by Katie Daniels

 

 

Last Tuesday, students walking into Mac slowed down to examine a new addition to the crowded cafeteria lobby. The Boston College Pro-Life Club, along with the group Students for Life of America, had organized an interactive poll and poster display that asked students to answer one question: when do they think human rights begin?

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Tue

23

Feb

2016

California Pregnancy Centers Fight Law Requiring Abortion Information 

by Katie Daniels

 

California crisis pregnancy centers are fighting a new law that would require them to advertise public programs that provide abortion and contraceptives. The pregnancy centers, which are often run by religious opponents to abortion, argue that the law violates their First Amendment rights to free speech.

 

 

“I don’t want to put up a sign telling you where you can go for an abortion,” said Josh McClure, the director of East County Pregnancy Care Clinic outside of San Diego. “The sign is not up here now because it’s unconstitutional.”

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Tue

26

Jan

2016

Pope Francis Releases First Book on Mercy

by Katie Daniels

 

On January 12, Pope Francis released his first book The Name of God is Mercy in 86 different countries. Written in honor of Francis’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began December 8 and runs until next November, the book consists of a series of interviews with veteran Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli.

 

 

The pope has always emphasized mercy as a crucial spiritual value; his papal motto is miserando atque eligendo, which means “Choosing through Mercy.” In his book, he explores the different facets mercy takes within the Church, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the role of priests as confessors.

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Tue

28

Apr

2015

U.S. Bishops Decry Forced Detention of Immigrant Families

by Katie Daniels

 

Catholic bishops and other Christian leaders are criticizing the U.S. government’s policy of placing women and children fleeing persecution in their Central American home countries in family detention centers. San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller has denounced the practice of detention as both a burden on the families and a stain on the moral fabric of society, claiming it violates social teaching and the dignity of the person.

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Tue

24

Mar

2015

St. Therese of the Little Flower’s Parents Set for Canonization

by Katie Daniels

 

Pope Francis will canonize Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of the Little Flower, this upcoming October during the Synod of Bishops on the family.

 

“Thanks to God in October two spouses will be canonized: the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux,” said Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

 

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Tue

24

Mar

2015

Pro-Life: O’Connor and the Culture of Life

by Katie Daniels

 

After class one spring afternoon, my high school religion teacher gave me a gift. “I found this in a used bookstore,” she said and handed me a slim, water stained volume. The words A Memoir of Mary Ann were stamped on the peeling green spine. A woman named Flannery O’Connor had written the introduction.

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Despite Bomb Threats and Snow, Huge Turnout for “Bring Back the Date”

by Katie Daniels

 

Whoever says that college students are satisfied with the campus status quo of ambiguous hookups and casual one night stands missed the spectacle of hundreds of undergrads sprinting from Devlin to Robsham and back again for a chance to get a seat at Kerry Cronin’s annual “Bring Back the Date” talk.

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Pope Francis Creates 20 New Cardinals

by Katie Daniels

 

In front of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI and others gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis created twenty new cardinals in a ceremony on February 14th. Of those inducted, 15 will be able to vote in the next papal election.

 

Three of the newly elected cardinals, hailing from Tonga, Myanmar, and Cape Verde, are the first cardinals from their countries. The choice reflects more than just the diversity of the Catholic Church. In an interview with the Catholic news service Crux, Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez, of Valladolid, Spain, stated that Francis purposefully chose “concrete people.”

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Wed

28

Jan

2015

Thousands Rally in Nation’s Capital for March for Life

by Katie Daniels

 

Bearing signs and banners that declared, “We are the Pro-Life Generation,” thousands of pro-lifers made the annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington D.C. The March takes place on January 22 and commemorates the 1972 Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion on demand in the U.S.  Over 42 years, the March for Life has grown from a small demonstration into a massive event that draws thousands to the nation’s capital for a week of rallies, conferences, and masses, culminating in a march that winds through the heart of the city.

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Mon

08

Dec

2014

Saint of the Issue: Lucy

by Katie Daniels

 

During December in Boston, four o’clock in the afternoon often looks more like ten o’clock at night. Darkness falls earlier and earlier as we move closer to the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. In the old Julian calendar, the Winter Solstice fell on December 13. It made sense to the early Christians then, to celebrate the feast day of a saint whose name derives from lux, or “light,” on December 13, a day when we need light more than ever.

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Tue

18

Nov

2014

Colorado Bishops Refute Claims about Personhood Amendment

by Katie Daniels

 

In an October 23rd press release, Colorado’s three bishops refuted the organization Catholic’s for Choice’s campaign against a proposed ballot measure, Amendment 67. In a brief statement released by the Colorado Catholic Conference, which represents Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, Bishop Michael J. Sheridan of Colorado Springs, and Bishop Stephen J. Berg of Pueblo, the bishops stated that Catholic’s for Choice’s claims were “riddled with inaccurate facts and statistics” and “must be corrected, since it misrepresents the truth and what the Church believes and teaches.”         

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