Mary Kate Cahill

Writer

Tue

06

Dec

2016

Leahy Takes Action to Support Vulnerable Students

 

 

 

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

On Tuesday November 29, Boston College President Fr. William Leahy signed two statements in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), one of President Obama’s executive orders that Trump has threatened to repeal. The executive order gives protected status to certain undocumented immigrants who enter the country as minors.

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Pope Francis Attends Interreligious Peace Conference in Assisi

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

On September 20, Pope Francis met over 400 religious leaders in Assisi, Italy for the thirtieth anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace. The interreligious peace conference, which Pope Saint John Paul II founded in 1986, featured religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist faith traditions.

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Los Angeles Archbishop on Immigration: See the Human Face

 by Mary Kate Cahill

 

 

On September 8, speaking to a crowded Heights Room, the Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles called for more mercy for immigrants, telling his audience: “People do not cease to be our brothers and sisters because they have an irregular immigration status.” Visiting as the guest of The Church in the 21st Century Center, Gomez gave a talk on Immigration, National Identity, and Catholic Conscience

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Wed

09

Dec

2015

Racism and Policing

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

I come from Chicago where, if you’ve been watching the news, you’ll know that a story recently broke of a police shooting of a black man. Officer Jason Van Dyke was caught on a police dash-cam shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, a car robbery suspect. Van Dyke shot McDonald and he fell to the ground; Van Dyke then proceeded to empty his clip into the wounded McDonald, shooting him 16 times in all. McDonald was walking away from the police when he was shot.

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Tue

17

Nov

2015

Gustavo Gutierrez Speaks of the Church of the Poor

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

Half an hour before start time, the Heights Room was packed with students and outside guests to hear Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, the renowned Peruvian theologian most commonly known for his foundational work in liberation theology. Gutierrez, hosted by The Church in the 21st Century Center (C21) came to Boston College on Tuesday, November 16th to receive the President’s Medal for Excellence, BC’s most prestigious award.

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Mother of the Poor

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

In the Catholic Church, there is a whole branch of theology called Mariology that deals with the nuances of the life of Mary, the Mother of God: the Immaculate Conception, the Virgin birth, and other such ideas. As important as these issues undoubtedly are, most Catholics understand Mary through direct experience of her love as their mother.

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Why God Loves Baseball

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

Last night I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came upon an update from a page I follow, the Navin Field Grounds Crew. The page is run by a group of volunteers who give their time to maintain a baseball field at the site of Tiger Stadium (originally called Navin Field), the Detroit Tigers’ baseball park from 1912 to 1999. Tiger Stadium and Fenway Park opened on the same day in 1912, but Tiger Stadium met an early demise when the Tigers moved to Comerica Park in 2000; the city demolished the stadium several years later, but the grass field remains. The Navin Field Grounds Crew cuts the grass, chalks the foul lines, and always leaves out a ball and bat for any visitors who might come hoping to play.

 

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Pope Francis Biographer Speaks on the Pope in the United States

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

On September 16, noted Pope Francis biographer Paul Vallely gave a talk at Boston College entitled “The Pope of the Poor in the World’s Richest Nation.” Vallely, an award-winning British journalist who recently published his second book on the pope, Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism, was invited to speak by The Jesuit Institute of Boston College. He centered his talk on the Pope’s then upcoming visit to the United States, and what message the Pope would likely leave with Americans.

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