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Immigrants Walking with Christ - by Angel Valdez

Vatican Document Jolts Church: Themes of Jubilee Year of Mercy Inspired Catholic Worker

We, like many others, were surprised when Pope Francis declared a Year of Jubilee to begin on December 8 this fall. We were especially surprised and moved when he revealed that the theme of the Jubilee Year would be mercy. In the ancient tradition of a Year of Jubilee, slaves and prisoners were to be freed, debts would be forgiven, land and possessions would be returned to their owners, and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest (Lev. 25:8-13).  Would this be the case for the ... continue reading

by Angel Valdez

Cuban Guest of Casa Juan Diego Survives Journey, Most Terrible Moments

  My name is Sandra Lidia (actually not my real name) and this is my story. I was born in Amarillas, a small town in the province of Matanza in Cuba. Also, like so many Cubans, I had to live with hardships and limitations of every kind, with dreams that at the moment seemed impossible. But as the Bible says, there is a time for everything, and that is so true that when my moment arrived, I got ready to begin the trip of which all Cubans dream. I must point out that my motives for ... continue reading

by Ade Bethune

Agribusiness vs. the Worker: The Business and the Bond of Food

We have a beautiful garden here at Casa Juan Diego. It is always a highlight of our visitor tours. We grow fruits, vegetables and herbs, the soil is cultivated with organic ingredients, we capture rainwater for irrigation, we have an ever-growing bee colony, we compost, and everything that is planted in the ground produces something beautiful that we consume and share with the poor. It is a constant reminder that we are all connected to each other and to the earth. It is hard to express how ... continue reading

What Pope Francis Means By a Culture of Encounter

In a homily given on his first Pentecost as our pontiff, Pope Francis suggested that the word “encounter” is central to the way he thinks of Christian relationships. In the homily he encourages the faithful to be fearless in the ways in which they look beyond their own needs and wants to those of others. He says that “in this ‘stepping out’ [of ourselves] it is important to be ready for encounter. For me this word is very important. Encounter with others… Because faith is an ... continue reading

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Friend of Casa Juan Diego Becomes Bishop of Victoria

Casa Juan Diego receives encouragement from many sources. but especially has  received encouragement from Fr. Brendan Cahilll, who will be ordained the new Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas, on June 29. Fr. Brendan has impressive credentials. He has served in several parishes. He has more recently been Director of Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services and Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He was rector of St. Mary’s Seminary for almost ten years. It ... continue reading

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