On February 11, demonstrators protested the federal funding of Planned Parenthood at 220 rallies in 45 different states. “These rallies have sparked a national conversation about Planned Parenthood and whether they deserve the $430 million of federal funding they receive from taxpayers each year,” said Eric Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League in Chicago and the organizer behind the demonstrations.
On November 26, just days before his 88th birthday, Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach (pictured) passed away in Beirut, Lebanon. During his lifetime, Fr. Kolvenbach served as a priest for 55 years and as a Jesuit for 68. He served as the Superior General of the Society of Jesus for nearly 25 years, making him the 28th successor of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As the leading figure among the Jesuits, Fr. Kolvenbach had extensive knowledge of spirituality and social justice.
Despite the prevalence of economic strife and racial divide within America, Cristo Rey High School serves as a beacon of hope and unity within the heart of Boston. This institution, originally founded as St. John’s High School, became North Cambridge Catholic High School in 1951. Since then, the school has moved to the neighborhood of Dorchester and joined the Cristo Rey Network. This education system, comprising 32 high schools throughout the United States, provides underprivileged teenagers affordable education as well as professional work experience.
After Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 9, Pope Francis named 17 men whom he had selected to join the College of Cardinals. Several of the men are the first cardinals from their homelands, which include Bangladesh, the Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. Thirteen of the new cardinals are under the age of 80, which makes them eligible to be elected as Francis’s successor.
Most musical groups perform simply to entertain, but Against the Current (ATC) hopes to have a more profound impact on Boston College and the surrounding area. As the only Christian a cappella group on campus, ATC has professed a unique and powerful message for the past 17 years. This year, ATC hopes to express an especially meaningful theme: For the next eight months, the group will focus on the phrase “Love Pours Over.”