Marie Dennis

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When the Fighting Stops

by Marie Dennis 01-03-2014

What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society?

Calling of the Shepherd

by Marie Dennis 03-14-2013

A prayer for the new pope to fulfill, in fresh ways, the promise of Vatican II.

Worldwide Christians Fast for Peace in Syria

by Marie Dennis 02-14-2013
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Syrians wait for bread at a bakery in the northern city of Aleppo on December 31. JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to lose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” wrote the ancient prophet Isaiah (58:6). As Christians around the world enter the season of Lent, the challenge of the prophets is to not enter into empty rituals, but to recommit ourselves to fearless acts of justice.

This Lent Christians are standing in solidarity with Syrians by joining a rolling fast launched by Pax Christi International. The acute suffering of civilian communities in Syria has been made immeasurably worse by a shortage of bread, Syrian’s staple food, caused in part by the deliberate bombing of bakeries.

Open to anyone concerned about the anguish of local communities caught in Syria’s civil war, the campaign, called “Bread is Life – Fast for a Just Peace in Syria,” is a direct response to the fact that many Syrians feel abandoned by the rest of the world.

As the World Bank Turns

by Marie Dennis 07-01-2012

The Bank's new head has community-level anti-poverty expertise—and many challenges to face.

Fighting Fire with Water

by Marie Dennis 02-01-2012

With U.S. troops now in Africa to escalate the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army, clergy in the region express concern.

Hubble, Hubble, Climate Trouble

by Marie Dennis 08-24-2011

For the past 30 years, through my work with Maryknoll and Pax Christi International, I've come to know grassroots communities around the world in situations of war and poverty. My mission focus base been largely international, but people, were in the "center of my screen." The environment, I thought, would have to wait.

A few weeks ago, I went with two of my grandchildren, Lauren (10) and Bobby (9), to see the documentary Hubble, which is about NASA's final shuttle expedition to repair a a broken part of the Hubble telescope. We watched in awe at the spectacular photos of the expanding universe. What an amazing sense these photos give of our own location as humans who are part of a larger earth community, who are part of a cosmos with which our own future is inextricably linked.

Terrible Twins

by Marie Dennis 08-01-2011

Hiroshima and Fukushima remind us that civilian and military nuclear technology go hand in hand.

Toward The Fullness of Life

by Marie Dennis 02-01-2011

Listening for God's voice at each new stage of life.

Broken Hearts and Deep Concern for Honduras

by Marie Dennis 08-27-2009
They were a very diverse group -- students, a lawyer, Sisters of Mercy and Notre Dame, a union organizer, a teacher, survivors of the brutal 1980s in Honduras.

Zimbabwe: A Nation Waits

by Marie Dennis 04-01-2008

The patience of the people of Zimbabwe is absolutely incredible. They've been living a nightmare for years (inflation is so high that a second cup of coffee in half an hour can cost twice as much as the first) and they just endured a election campaign with serious instances of vote-rigging - from ghosts on the voters' registry to bribes offered for voting for the ruling party (ZANU-PF) - yet amazing hope was the dominant emotion as people went to the polls on March 29. The voting process was [...]

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