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Passover begins this evening. We pray with our Jewish brothers and sisters. We pray for peace and an end to conflict in the Middle East; for human rights and an end to a culture of discrimination; and for an appreciation of the many and varied traditions of faith....
Carter G. Woodson is considered the father of black history month. He was the son of former slaves. Carter noticed and was displeased that the history textbooks ignored America’s black population. In 1926, Woodson developed Negro History Week. In 1976 this week was expanded into Black History Month. ...
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Dr. King, Jr. is best known as a civil-rights leader. His leadership in the movement brought him worldwide attention. His famous march on Washington was in 1964. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964....
The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. Established in 1950, its purpose was to encourage interfaith understanding. Today there are many interfaith movements, and it is necessary to respect and to join with others in claiming our global humanity and saving our common home. ...
January 11 (National Human Trafficking Awareness Day) to February 8 (Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita) is a month set aside to pray for an end to human trafficking. The month ends on the Feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita. She is the patron saint of human trafficking survivors. ...
One of the few ancient Indian festivals observed according to solar cycles instead of the lunar calendar, Makar Sankranti usually falls on or around the same day each year (normally January 14). This is a time of peace, insight, and joy....
Each year Pope Francis writes a message for the World Day of Peace. This year with the world so fractured by opposing groups and political parties, he has chosen to talk about the role of good politics. This post has a link to the entirety of the Pope’s message....
The celebration of Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st. During these days after Christmas let us celebrate with our sisters and brothers of African heritage.  Let us recognize and be grateful for their gifts, let us renounce racism, and let us all work together for justice.   ...
The 2018 winter solstice is December 21st.  The date of the winter solstice varies from year to year, and can fall anywhere between December 20 and December 23.  Day light hours lessen before the solstice and it is the longest night of the year. ...
We celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. On October 12, 1945, Pope Pius XII, decreed that "Santa Maria, de Guadalupe"(Our Lady of Guadalupe) was the "Patroness of all the Americas." The symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe is easily recognized by the Mexican people....