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  • Life of African-American sainthood candidate a gripping tale

    Life of African-American sainthood candidate a gripping tale

    Born into slavery in the 19th century and later the servant of a wealthy white socialite in Denver, Julia Greeley is now a candidate for sainthood. Despite her own difficult circumstances, in part the result of being caught up in a soap opera divorce involving the Colorado governor, she gave everything she had to serve the poor and to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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  • Pope Francis: Death penalty is inadmissible

    “Today, we say that the death penalty is inadmissible,” Pope Francis said during his morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives. Slavery “is a mortal sin; today we say this. Back then, some would say that this could be done because these people did not have a soul!”

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  • Georgetown renaming of buildings reflects shared journey with slave descendants

    Georgetown renaming of buildings reflects shared journey with slave descendants

    Georgetown University – the oldest Catholic university in the United States – renamed two buildings in an effort to express public contrition over its legacy of slavery. Isaac Hawkins Hall – formerly known as Mulledy Hall – is now named after a slave sold by the university in 1838. Anne Marie Becraft Hall – formerly known as McSherry Hall – is now named for a free woman of color who established a school in the town of Georgetown for black girls. Father Thomas Mulledy, S.J., and Father William McSherry, S.J., were two Georgetown Jesuits who played significant roles in an 1838 sale of 272 slaves by the school.

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