Religion is not a dull, grim drive towards moral virtue but a response to a vision of greatness…
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IPA: (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian
participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism
a founding member of the Confessing Church
He was involved in plots planned by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
He was arrested in March 1943, imprisoned, and eventually executed by hanging.
One of the great prime ministers of Canada, Trudeau was a Roman Catholic, and attended church throughout his life.
While mostly private about his beliefs, he made it clear that he was a believer, stating, in an interview with the United Church Observer in 1971: “I believe in life after death, I believe in God and I’m a Christian.”
Trudeau's most enduring legacy may lie in his contribution to Canadian nationalism, and of pride in Canada in and for itself rather than as a derivative of the British Commonwealth.
As archbishop, he witnessed ongoing violations of human rights and started a group which spoke out on behalf of the poor and victims of the country's civil war.
In 1980, he was assassinated by a right-wing group headed by former major Roberto D’Aubuisson as he held the consecrated host up during a Mass.
This provoked international outcry for reform in El Salvador.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL ACTIVIST
Born in 1897, she was raised in a nominally Protestant family and became a Roman Catholic in 1928.
One of her early memories was the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and how her mother offered help to quake victims.
She rejected organized religion in college because she didn't see so-called "religious people" helping the poor .
She first went to jail with a group of women’s rights activists in 1917 who were demonstrating at the White House in favor of giving women voting rights.
She had an abortion in a failed relationship when she was 22 years old.
The birth of her daughter Tamar in 1926, within a common-law marriage, brought her great joy and happiness, and led to her final embrace of the Catholic faith.
She was a single parent who supported herself as a free-lance journalist.
She and a group of women fasted for ten days in 1963 in Rome, at Vatican Council II, wanting the bishops to condemn all war. They did condemn nuclear war.
Her gravestone has engraved on it a design of loaves and fishes and the words "Deo Gratias" ("thanks be to God").
CHRISTIANITY, UNDER THE BANNER BY SOME, HAS NOT ALWAYS HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT- SOMETIMES THE IMPACT HAS BEEN DEVASTATING
15th century painting of Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont, where he preached an impassioned sermon to take back the Holy Land.
JOAN OF ARC
Saint Joan of Arc , or Saint Jeanne d'Arc
also known as “ the Maid of Orleans ” was a 15 th century virgin saint and national heroine of France.
She led the French army to several important victories and led King Charles VII to his coronation.
She was captured by the English and tried by an ecclesiastical court led by Bishop Pierre Cauchon, an English partisan; the court convicted her of heresy and she was burned at the stake by the English when she was nineteen years old.
Twenty-four years later, the Holy See reviewed the decision of the ecclesiastical court, found her innocent, and declared her a martyr. She was beatified in 1909 and later canonized in 1920.
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At a time when Britain was the major economic and political power of the world, Dickens highlighted the life of the forgotten poor and disadvantaged at the heart of empire.
His writings inspired others, in particular journalists and political figures, to address such problems of class oppression.
For example, the prison scenes in Little Dorrit and The Pickwick Papers were prime movers in having the Marshalsea and Fleet Prisons shut down.
As Karl Marx said, Dickens, and the other novelists of Victorian England, "…issued to the world more political and social truths than have been uttered by all the professional politicians, publicists and moralists put together…"