February 7, 2014
"Never before has the pre-Olympic chatter been less about the athletes or the sports. And never before has the conversation leading to the Games been so grim.."
December 18, 2013
"I mean, everybody from the bartender to the cab driver [is] telling me, 'Cardinal Dolan [archbishop of New York], we love this guy. We're not even Catholic, and we might not even be believers, but this guy is getting us thinking about God and eternal things.'"
Since being elected in March, Pope Francis has quickly gained a reputation as the people's pope and was chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year. Francis celebrated his 77th birthday on Tuesday by plucking three homeless men from the streets of Rome to eat breakfast with them.
Reflecting on the meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis urged the faithful today "not to place ourselves above others, but rather lower ourselves, place ourselves at the service of the poor, make ourselves small and poor with them."
October 29, 2013
The American League Boston Red Sox and the National League St. Louis Cardinals face each other in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series tomorrow night. This is the first time since 1999 that the teams with the best records in each league are meeting up in the World Series.
October 18, 2013
Over the last two weeks Americans have seen the worst in partisan politics, but the government shutdown has also triggered the generosity of ordinary citizens.
October 7, 2013
Himalaya, a golden retriever from Buenos Aries, shows the persistent, sweet lengths she went to in order to make a new friend.
October 1, 2013
After Congress failed to agree on a budget, the U.S. government went into a partial shutdown early Tuesday morning.
September 17, 2013
Twelve people were killed and others injured after a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
September 4, 2013
After 5 attempts over the past 35 years, Diana Nyad, at age 64, swam the 110-mile passage from Cuba to Florida through shark and jellyfish infested waters and became the first person to do so unaided by the protection of a shark cage. As she came ashore on Monday, she said from the beach: "I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team."
September 3, 2013
Fifty years after the original March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, many have gathered this week to commemorate the civil rights struggle of the 60s. People are also coming together to continue to march for the causes of racial and economic equality as well as LGBT and immigrant rights.
August 27, 2013
Watch this interview with Antoinette Tuff, the woman who was able to prevent a mass school shooting in Georgia last week. The entire interview tells the amazing story and the final 3 minutes are particularly powerful.
August 14, 2013
Struggles over wages in occupations like "fast food," industries in which the executives are among the highest paid in the country and workers are among the lowest, are likely to continue. There are fewer midwage jobs available so more adults and parents are finding it necessary to move into these low wage positions.
August 13, 2013
A recent study shows that thirty percent of mothers are not able to afford diapers during some point of their child's life. Lack of diaper affordability not only impacts the health and development of the child, but it also adds stress to the mother's life.
July 22, 2013
$18 billion in debt has Detroit searching for solutions and retired city employees feeling frightened and betrayed.
July 12, 2013
This article explores the ways in which we still fear each other and make snap judgments that undermine civility and the beloved community. The author suggests that we all need to look in the mirror to assess the depths of this country's sickness with regard to racism and and other forms of discrimination.
July 8, 2013
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. Gay and lesbian couples who married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can now receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. As the Supreme Court refused to decide on the California Proposition 8 case, same-sex marriage is once again legal in the state of California.
June 21, 2013
Exodus International, an organization whose mission was to "help" gay Christians become straight, is shutting down after 37 years. They said in a letter of apology, "For quite some time, we've been imprisoned in a worldview that's neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical."
June 11, 2013
Information was recently leaked that the National Security Agency is conducting secret surveillance by collecting date, duration and phone numbers of calls.
June 7, 2013
The protests in Turkey that began with only a handful of people objecting to Gezi park in Istanbul being razed to build a shopping mall has now spread into a nationwide movement opposed to the ruling practices of Prime Minister Erdogan.
June 4, 2013
New Zealand becomes the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize gay marriage. Magic ensues (in the form of a traditional Maori love song – make sure to watch the video!)
May 29, 2013
Only one-third of Americans experiencing hearing loss purchase hearing aids. While stigma is one reason, the cost of hearing aids prohibits many from getting them.