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    Christmas 2014

    2,000 years ago – A pregnant mom gave birth in a stable. With the threat of death in her home, her family fled and took refuge in a foreign land. 2014 – Too many pregnant moms do not have a decent home or family. Sometimes even children flee alone to foreign lands to escape drugs, gangs and violence. 2,000 years ago – A savior was born to bring tidings of comfort and joy to a world in waiting. 2014 – Our world still waits for that Savior’s followers to bring comfort and joy. 2,000 years ago – Angels sang glory to God and peace on earth 2014 – Look around you…

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    The “Bestest” Christmas Party of All…

    I really do like Christmas and the time leading up to it – Advent. I admit it’s sometimes hard to keep Advent and Christmas separate. I was at a great Christmas party with over 1,000 people at the Waldorf. The room was festive as was the attire of the guests. And thousands of women and children benefited from the event. A week ago a most gracious and generous family hosted a warm Christmas party for family and friends with a magnificent view overlooking the Hudson River. The food and drink was great. I could mention more but let me stop and go to the “bestest” party of the season.

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    Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center Ripple of Hope Award Dinner

    View image | gettyimages.com As Catholic Charities NY’s executive director, I go to a fair number of benefit dinner events.  Last night I was at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center Ripple of Hope Award Dinner. Over the years, this event has celebrated leaders such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono and Vice President Al Gore for their demonstrated commitment to social change. While making small talk, a few people asked me why I was there and what my connection was.  The answer is easy.  Catholic Charities is all about social change; our mission is to build a more just and compassionate society.

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    London, December 9, 2014 –

       No need to watch it to know about it – Football game commercials, blogs, tabloid banners, video clips etc., etc. – both before and after shouted it! It wasn’t about Will & Kate – they left town and crossed the pond. It wasn’t Santa Claus, but VS Angels who had come to London town.

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    Hail Maria, Marie, Miriam and Mara

    Want a great way to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and kick off the holiday season?   Check out Msgr. Kevin Sullivan’s invocation at the annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon held at the Waldorf=Astoria on December 8, 2014.  Now in its 69th year, this traditional holiday event raises funds in support of the Catholic Charities’ programs that help thousands of needy women and children of all religions throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese. Learn more.

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    Pope Francis in Turkey

    #459739648 / gettyimages.com “Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears, which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers,” the pope said in televised remarks in Ankara, Turkey. Worth hearing and heeding in every church, temple and synagogue every Sabbath…. (KS) “The pope smiled and waved before entering the Hagia Sophia museum, which dates to the sixth century.  The church was converted into a mosque after the 1453 Ottoman conquest, and made a museum in 1935. From prayer, Christian and Muslim, to museum… not a happy progression!  Religion worships a living God, not preserved artifacts.  (KS)