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Francis to Korean religious: 'Lead joy-filled, simple lives'

In addressing the religious of Korea August 16, Pope Francis stressed the need to live joy-filled lives. “Only if our witness is joyful will we attract men and women to Christ,” he said. “And this joy is a gift, which is nourished by a life of prayer, meditation on the word of God, the celebration of the sacraments and life in community. When these are lacking, weaknesses and difficulties will emerge to dampen the joy we knew so well at the beginning of our journey.”

#Ferguson

Almost two weeks ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., after being stopped for jaywalking. In a very complext situation, there is evidence that race determines how and what Americans think about Brown’s killing. Last week, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press surveyed 1,000 adults about the death and subsequent protests and police action.

Walk the walk

GSR Today - As would most supporters of sisters across the country, I would like to see the investigation of LCWR come to an end with the result being both sides finding common ground and a renewed commitment to the Gospel. Though I am no longer living and working with sisters, their spirit remains an integral part of how I perceive my own call to live the Gospel.

'Go, be not afraid and serve'

If you’re a fan of Catholic sisters, you’ve probably heard already about Nicholas Kristof’s column in The New York Times over the weekend. Now I’m certainly a fan. But I didn’t see the Kristof piece until now, catching up with the news from Lusaka, Zambia, where I’m attending a gathering of women religious leaders from nine African countries.

President Park turns blind eye to off-track horse betting across from her old Catholic High School

Sacred Heart sisters say money plays god in Korean society today, deploring the opening of a major building for off-track race horse betting. It stands only a stone's throw from Sacred Heart Girls High School where South Korean President Park Geun-hye graduated in 1971.