Posts Tagged ‘Martin Luther King’

Pope Paul’s encyclical, King’s speech, more relevant than ever

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Fifty years ago, Blessed Pope Paul VI gave to the world a truly prophetic encyclical letter Populorum Progressio (“The Development of Peoples), and just days later Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” As kindred spirits in Christ, they both knew the grave dangers facing humanity Read more

Martin Luther King’s dream must continue

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Martin Luther King’s dream of  “integral human development” of all peoples is a work that must continue today. It must continue in the world and in the Catholic Church, a US bishop,  Edward K. Braxton, told participants at a Vatican conference. ” The racial divide in the United States and, sadly, in the Catholic Church Read more

Pope echoes Martin Luther King in challenging Europe

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Echoing Martin Luther King, Pope Francis has offered a vision of a revitalised Europe at a critical moment in its history. On Friday, Francis gave a thunderous speech after accepting the prestigious German Charlemagne Prize, which is for “services of Western European understanding and work for the community”. The Pontiff criticised a “resignation and weariness Read more

Love and disobedience: Martin Luther King and the Greeks

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and times. Among other eras in history, he considers the prime of classical Athens, when he could have enjoyed the company of luminaries “around the Read more

Islamic scholar receives major US peace award

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has been presented with a prestigious peace award at the alma mater of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta honoured Gülen with its 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award. The award was made in recognition of Gülen’s “life-long dedication to Read more

Thousands attend Martin Luther King Memorial dedication

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Thousands of people spanning all ages and races honoured the legacy of the nation’s foremost civil rights leader during a formal dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Aretha Franklin, poet Nikki Giovanni and President Barack Obama were among those who attended the more than four-hour ceremony. King’s children and other Read more