Magazine article U.S. Catholic

What a Difference a Day Made

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

What a Difference a Day Made

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NEW YORK--The sainthood cause for Dorothy Day (1897-1980), the journalist, pacifist, advocate for the poor, and cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, has officially been opened, the Vatican announced in March.

Day, whose canonization has been promoted by the publishers of this magazine for the past 17 years, has been called "the most important, interesting, and influential figure in the history of American Catholicism." In announcing the decision, New York Cardinal John O'Connor, who had asked the Vatican to open her cause, called Day "a model for all in the third millennium."

In other saint-related news, Katherine Marie Drexel, the Philadelphia banker's daughter who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and devoted her life to the education of black and Native Americans, is set to become the second native-born U.S. saint in October. And in September, the two popes who convened the First and Second Vatican Councils--Plus IX and John XXIII--are to be beatified.

Status quo or NGO?

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Charging that the Vatican "should act like a religion, not a country," a group led by Catholics for a Free Choice is seeking to change the Holy's See status in the United Nations from that of a nonmember state permanent observer to a nongovernmental organization (NGO). …

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