Pope Francis-Indigenous People

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that

indigenous groups must give prior consent to any

economic activity affecting their ancestral lands,

a view that conflicts with the Trump administration,

which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil pipeline

over opposition from American Indians.

Francis met with representatives of indigenous peoples

attending a U.N. agricultural meeting and said the key

issue facing them is how to reconcile the right to

economic development with protecting their cultures and

Black History Month

(1) Black History Month-Unknown

February marks the launch of Black History Month,

a time to recognize the central role and revolutionary

work of black people in America.

Historian Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week

in 1926 and it officially evolved into a month-long

celebration forty years later. With white history being

the dominant narrative in America, the work of revo-

lutionary black Americans is often neglected and, while

it should acknowledged all the time, February serves as

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jesus' program for becoming children

of the kingdom of heaven is presented

in a series of contrasts between what

the law of Moses commands and how Jesus'

teaching brings that law to fulfillment.

We hear four such contrasts today. Jesus

makes it clear that He has come not to

abolish but to fulfill the Masaic Law

and the prophets. He challenges us to

have our righteousness, that is, our

right relationship with God and others,

exceed that of the teachers of His day.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

Black Lives Matter: The Growth of a New Social Justice Movement
In the article below, Syracuse University historian Herbert Ruffin explores the rapid rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement as the most recent development in the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice in the United States.

Black History Month-Sandra McElrath

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Courtesy of Sandra McElrath

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. Did you know that Madam CJ Walker was America’s first self-made woman to become a millionaire or that George Washington Carver was able to derive nearly 300 products from peanuts? Get the story of the creation of the NAACP, famous firsts in African American history and other black history facts.

REPEAT ARTICLE FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

REPEAT ARTICLE FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Omar Ibn Said

Omar Ibn Said, also know as
"Uncle Moreau" was unusual
among enslaved people in the
abtebellum United States in
that before he was captured
he was highly educated and
could read and write fluently
at a time when most African
slaves were illiterate. Said's
autobiography is unique be-
cause it is the only personal
account of a slave written in
his own native language while
he was in bondage in the
United States.

THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL

Emmett Till's accuser admits she lied; will new charges be filed?
USA TODAY NETWORK Jerry Mitchell, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger Published 1:20 p.m. ET Feb. 7, 2017 |

Emmett Till and the renewed push to solve ...

Emmett Till was killed Aug. 28, 1955, and the federal Justice Department still struggles to resolve civil-rights-era murders. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

(Photo: Courtesy of family)

5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"You are the light of the world." Speaking to his followers, Jesus tells them of the influence they are meant to have. Like the seasoning that gives food its flavor, they are to be "the salt of the earth" and like a lamp on a lamp-stand that "gives light to all in the house."
Clearly, their influence on the people around them is meant to be positive and substantial. But what is the source of this irreplaceable influence?

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