The Common Good
January 2008

Wine for Abundant Life

by Rose Marie Berger, Alexis Vaughan | January 2008

The Community of Sant´Egidio, a Catholic lay group, is encouraging a glass of good wine with supper.

The Community of Sant´Egidio, a Catholic lay group, is encouraging a glass of good wine with supper. When you buy wine through the Wine for Life program you’ll fight AIDS in Africa with every sip. More than 100 of the best Italian vintners have joined Wine for Life by purchasing round red-and-blue “Wine for Life” stickers for 70 cents each and affixing them to their bottles. When the bottles are bought in stores or restaurants, customers can see that a donation has already been made to Sant’Egidio’s Drug Resour­ces Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition (DREAM) program at work in 10 African countries.

Smaller World. Three European human rights groups and the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a legal complaint in France accusing former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of authorizing torture in Iraq and Guantánamo. If found guilty, Rumsfeld could be arrested when in France.

Golden Goal. Italy’s Roman Catholic bishops have purchased a professional soccer team. With an 80 percent interest in AC Ancona, a third-division soccer team from a city in central Italy, the bishops aim to “moralize soccer,” according to a local Italian newspaper.

Single Serving? “Unmarried women are poised to tip the 2008 election in progressives’ favor,” according to a recent study by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. “In an electorate that is hungry for change, this cohort is the hungriest, with 78 percent saying the country is on the wrong track.”

Color Line. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, called on church leaders to “name the sin of racism and lead us in our repentance of it.” Amid increasing public displays of nooses and swastikas and ongoing racial profiling, Hanson urged all Christians to address the “spiritual crisis concerning race relations” in the U.S.

Peacemaker. Randall C. Forsberg, 64, a founder of the nuclear weapons freeze movement, died in October of endometrial cancer. In 1982, Forsberg addressed 700,000 people gathered in Central Park demanding an end to the nuclear arms race: “Until the arms race stops … we will not go home and be quiet. We will go home and organize.”

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