- Jan 28, 2020
Societies today need “artisans of peace,” like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The surviving daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be the first without Sister Mary Antona Ebo, the only black Catholic nun who marched with the civil rights leader in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.
St. Augustine Parish, the mother church for black Catholics in the nation’s capital, was founded in 1858 by free men and women of color, including emancipated slaves. Parishioners participated in the March on Washington, when Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.