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Issue Date:  November 21, 2003


Corinne “Lindy” Boggs, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, received the fourth annual Lifetime of Caring Award Oct. 27 from the American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging. Boggs, 87, served nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before retiring in 1990. She was a founding member of the Women’s Congressional Caucus, the first woman to chair the national Democratic Party convention and the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, a post she held under President Clinton from 1997 to early 2001.

Bishop Moses Anderson, 75, has resigned as auxiliary bishop of the Detroit archdiocese. Ordained a bishop in January 1983, Anderson had been the senior active African-American bishop in the country. Anderson said that in retirement he intended to remain busy with some writing and musical projects and cooking and organic gardening. He plans to donate his extensive collection of African and African-American art to Xavier University in New Orleans, which is the only historically black Catholic college in the United States.

Jack McKeon, the cigar-smoking 72-year-old grandfather who attends Mass daily and led an improbably young Florida Marlins team to its second World Series championship, is a poster boy for Ascending Life, says that movement’s national director Hugh Clear of Miami, Fla. Ascending Life, a national Catholic organization, encourages seniors to stay involved in spiritual, social and service activities. During the baseball season, McKeon, the Marlins’ manager, attended daily Mass at St. Matthew Church in Hallandale, Fla. After winning the World Series, McKeon thanked St. Therese for her role in what many called a miraculous season for the Marlins.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington received the Breslau-Goldman Award, the highest honor of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington Nov. 3. He called on the U.S. Jewish community to push for a just, lasting peace in the Holy Land through dialogue. The ongoing violence in the Holy Land by both sides, he said, has led “to an increase of violence, and an even deeper embedding sense of vengeance in the hearts of people, especially of the young, who deserve a better future, a future of hope, not hate.”

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National Catholic Reporter, November 21, 2003

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