Tune in to JustLove This Week to Learn about Catholic Relief Service’s work in the Central African Republic and the Lifeway Network

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Left to Right: Sister Joan Dawber and Kim Pozniak

On this week’s show, Msgr. Sullivan speaks with Kim Pozniak, Catholic Relief Service’s Communications Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa on the organization’s work  to rebuild peace in the region. Also on the show, is Sister Joan Dawber, member of the Sisters of Charity Halifax. Msgr. Sullivan discusses with her the Lifeway Network and her work in combating human trafficking.

Sister Cristina, Singing Nun, Is A Finalist On ‘The Voice’ Italy

Sister Cristina2,000 years ago a preacher named Jesus took his message from the synagogues to the streets, squares and mounts – and attracted a loyal crowd of followers.

Today one religious has taken her talent from the sanctuary to the stage – to the attention and delight of millions.

I think she’s got the right venue!

Let’s allow that preacher’s Spirit to hone and tone the message to exploit contemporary streets Tweets, posts and podcasts –  to delight and attract a new crowd of loyal followers.

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Listen to JustLove to Hear from a Columnist and Opinion Writer for the New York Post and Deputy Director of Social Services for Catholic Guardian Services

On this week’s show, Msgr. Sullivan speaks with Naomi Schaefer Riley, columnist and opinion writer for the New York Post. Also on the show, is Grace Poppe, Deputy Director of Social Services for Catholic Guardian Services.

 

Affordable Housing Needs the Catholic Community’s Continuing Partnership

Haven Plaza 2The topic of housing was covered extensively in the media this past week.  The focus has been the announcement of New York City’s plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing.

For those who work with low-income individuals and families, there is perhaps no more pressing need.  Families have the most difficult time finding decent housing they can afford.  Too many families are forced to make choices among essentials – food, rent, or medicine.

It was also good that the work of the Catholic Church over the past four decades in building and constructing affordable housing was recognized.  Of the many positive things the Church has done to help weave the fabric of NY and make our town more compassionate and just, housing may be one area under-recognized.  Arguably, our work with at-risk children and youth, our emergency food programs and immigrants, is better recognized.  However, this week housing was at the forefront.

I was fortunate to be able to hear the Mayor speak so positively about this work. I had the chance to say a few words about how the strength of this work has been the result of the diverse parts of the Church that have engaged in it – charismatic clergy, talented and expert laity, religious communities, parishes, community based organizations and Catholic Charities, in all five boroughs.  Sometimes this gets unwieldy, but when put together, it is a contribution flowing out of our common values that each person is made in the image of God, worthy of dignity and respect and having their basic rights met – and that housing is one of those basic human rights.

The ambitious, complex and critically needed plan of New York City to build and preserve affordable housing does need the continued partnership and energy of the Catholic community.  Once more this is a critically important role we play in building a more just and compassionate society.

It was good to hear the tremendous work of so many recognized this week, to spotlight some of it, and to express hope and commitment that this legacy continue and deepen into the future.

Tune in to JustLove This Week to Learn More on the Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II

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Left to Right: Gina Zurlo and Kerry Walters

On this week’s show Monsignor Sullivan celebrates the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II with Kerry Walters who has written biographies on both popes. Also on the show is Gina Zurlo of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity about the ongoing Christian Persecution occurring throughout the world.