• JustLove

    World Press Freedom Day & JustLove’s look at “Gaudete et exsultate”

    On this week’s episode of Justlove will commemorate “World Press Freedom Day” happening on Thursday, May 3rd   and focus on Pope Francis’ 3rd Apostolic Exhortation Julie Mason who is the Host of “The Press Pool” on Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel 124 will be calling in the studio.  Msgr. Sullivan and Julie will discuss her work covering politics as a member of the news media and the perspectives she has gained over her 20+ years of reporting experience as a member of the White House Press pool, as well as other assignments. Christopher R. Altieri Co-Founder and Manager of  Vocaris Media (located in Rome, Italy) and a contributor to The Catholic World Report will be calling into…

  • JustLove,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    International Poverty

    Photo: Jonathan Glennie, Tess Hart and Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan will be talking to Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D. and Tess Hart about Fordham University’s 2017 Pope Francis Global Poverty Index, a multi-dimensional measurement of international poverty. It relies on seven primary indicators of material well-being and spiritual well-being, which itself is based upon measures that Pope Francis proposed in his speech delivered to the United Nation’s General Assembly back on September 25th, 2015. Also on the show is Jonathan Glennie, Director of the Sustainable Development Research Center at the Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Centre in Londo. Monsignor Sullivan will be speaking with Jonathan about an article that he wrote for The…

  • JustLove

    Pope Francis’ Call for Catholics to Become “Missionary Disciples”

    In Every Facet of Their Lives On this episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on Pope Francis’ vision of “missionary discipleship” for Catholics.  Hosffman Ospino Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Hispanic Ministry at Boston College will be on JustLove. Professor Ospino will be talking about the meaning of “missionary discipleship,” and how it is lived out in an increasingly secular and culturally diverse society like our own.  Kerry Robinson, the Founding Executive Director and Global Ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable will also be on this week’s episode of JustLove. Her organization is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the Catholic Church by harnessing…

  • JustLove,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Religious Identity and Religious Persecution

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on “Religious Identity and Religious Persecution” with two guests calling in to provide their perspectives on the matter. On the show, Thomas Wigant Chief Operating Officer and Director of Ethics and Spiritual Care at Healthcare-Holding Tauberfranken will be calling in from Germany. Msgr. Sullivan and Thomas – who both  attended a Caritas Internationalis Conference last week in Germany where Msgr. Sullivan delivered an address on the “Catholic Identity” of Catholic Charities,  will further discuss how Catholic Identity in the provision of human services is understood on both sides of the Atlantic. Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center…

  • JustLove,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Tune In to JustLove to Learn About the Pope’s Upcoming Environmental Encyclical

    On this week’s JustLove episode, Msgr. Sullivan focuses on the Pope’s  Environmental Encyclical and the environment.  He speaks with Donald Brown, Professor at Widener University School of Law, on the topic of ethics and climate change. Also on the show is Henry Longbottom, Blogger for Green Jesuit. Longbottom speaks with Msgr. about the encyclical and  his article, “Why I’d Rather be a Hypocrite Than a Cynic.” from The Jesuit Post.

  • Commentary,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Religious Freedom – Not to Be Taken for Granted

    Yesterday, President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of deliberations on matters related to religious freedom and expression. Three things in particular caught my attention: It was a national prayer breakfast. The President quoted Pope Francis and spoke about his upcoming meeting with him. The issue of religious persecution was discussed by the President. A number of years ago, I participated in testimony before a congressional  committee considering legislation that would include monitoring violations of religious freedoms as part of a broader focus on international human rights violations.  This legislation passed and now there are regular…

  • JustLove

    Tune in to JustLove This Week to Hear the Discussion on Today’s Income Inequality Crisis

    On this week’s show Monsignor Sullivan speaks with Sheldon Danziger, President of the Russell Sage Foundation about the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty to discuss what has worked and what can be improved upon in America today. Also on the show is John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter to talk about Pope Francis and what his comments on inequality and poverty means for Catholics.  

  • Commentary

    Pope Francis Inspiring a Movement to Address Inequality – “Count Me In”

    Thanks that Pope Francis continues to give voice and draw attention to the unacceptable reality of inequality in the world – most recently in an address prepared for the World Economic Forum in Davos. Catholic Charities deals with this reality each day – neighbors unfed and under-fed; families dangerously housed or without housing; children neglected and inadequately educated; immigrants un-welcomed and refugees in fear and persecuted.  Providing Help, Creating Hope, Catholic Charities’ tagline, is also our mission laced with more than a tinge of obsession.  And so Catholic Charities provides help – day in and day out to non-Catholics and Catholics alike.  And we try to create hope for those…

  • Commentary

    Pope Francis & Atheists & Catholic Charities

    Pope Francis’ recent talk about the how the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all – including atheists struck a chord with the world – and with me in a particular way.    People often have asked me if Catholic Charities helps “non-Catholics.” At first this bothered me because Catholic Charities for as long as I can remember and much beyond has always helped people regardless of their religion.  I was a little frustrated that after all these years people would still ask.  But then I realized we must not have been doing a good enough job in making sure people knew this fact.  So now in all material we put…

  • Commentary

    Pope Francis Announces Big Synod Meeting on Families in 2014: Broad Transparent Agenda & Grassroots Input

    Why all the “buzz” about this two-phase synod meeting beginning in 2014 on the challenges facing families?  (FYI – Synod is a fancy word for a meeting of Bishops and experts around the world called by the Pope to consider an important issue.)  Frankly, there are usually pretty boring and tedious – even when substantive.  I have a couple of thoughts why this Synod on the family should be different: Putting questions on-line and inviting “survey-monkey” responses by anyone with internet access is new for synod meetings. It demonstrates transparency that many would claim is uncharacteristic of the Catholic Church. Everyone can see that the agenda is not ostrich-like.  Major hot-button and important issues are covered.  Same-sex marriage and…