• JustLove,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Helping Homeless LGBTQ Youth and the Important Right to Religious Freedom

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the LGBTQ youth who are homeless in New York and the right to religious freedom around the world. Sr. Nancy Downing, CND, Esq. is the Executive Director of Covenant House New York, a lawyer, and a Religious Sister in the Congregation of Notre Dame. During this week that many events across the globe will recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising that began the modern LGBTQ Movement, Sr. Nancy talks about the programs, services, and assistance that Covenant House New York offers LGBTQ young people, who have a 120% higher risk of becoming homeless than their non-LGBTQ…

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    A Look at Religious Freedom in the Islamic World and a Look at Volunteerism for National Volunteers Week 2019

    In this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about freedom in Islam and National Volunteer Week. Prof. Daniel Philpott, Ph.D. is a Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame University and the author of the book “Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today.” Prof. Philpott talks about his finding is his book which examines the status of religious freedom in the world’s 47 Muslim majority countries, and where he sees the Islamic tradition containing “seeds of freedom” that are potentialities for developing a more robust understanding of religious freedom in the Islamic world in the future. Kara Cunnane…

  • Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth

    Religious Freedom in China and the Life and Musical Legacy of Aretha Franklin

    This weekend on JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about religious practice and religious freedom in China, and the life and musical legacy of Aretha Franklin, who of course passed away on August 16 in Detroit. Included in this episode is a segment about the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on sex abuse. Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance correspondent for the New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine and National Geographic based in Beijing, China and the author of the recent book: “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.” Ian Johnson talks to Monsignor about religious practice in China, what the status…

  • Commentary,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Conversation Starters For a President Abroad

    Embed from Getty Images   President Trump’s first foreign trip at the end of May was announced just after he signed the Religious freedom executive order. Ironically, three places he will visit – Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome – are major hubs for the three great religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Saudi Arabia, according to official statistics, is close to 100% Muslim, predominantly Sunni.  Israel was established as a Jewish state this week in 1948.  Rome has been a center of Christianity since Peter and Paul journeyed there in the first century and, subsequently, the Bishop of Rome was designated the Pope.  As Citizen Sullivan, I suggest one topic for…

  • Commentary,  Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Diversity Reigns

    Catholic Charities is a the center of building a more just and compassionate society. We engage in a wide range of activities and interact with many different people. Here’s a collage for this week – Twelve consul generals from Latin American countries meet at the Catholic Charities Community Services Immigration and Refugee Resettlement offices. (Top Left)  Evi Siskos from Telemundo was the MC for Astors Services Junior Gala at the Supreme Courthouse in lower Manhattan. (Top Right)  Zoe Saldana was taping her guest satellite radio appearance in the same Sirius studios that JustLove was taping.  Here’s a picture of her as she was leaving. (Bottom Left) Two talented Catholic Charities immigration attorneys from our expert legal team. (Bottom Middle)  On…

  • 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…