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Saint of the Day: St. Pio of Pietrelcina

The most surprising thing I’ve read in The New York Times recently

The Deacon's Bench

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 04/01/15

“I must say that a disproportionate share of the aid workers I’ve met in the wildest places over the years, long after anyone sensible had evacuated, have been evangelicals, nuns or priests.

Likewise, religious Americans donate more of their incomes to charity, and volunteer more hours, than the nonreligious, according to polls. In the United States and abroad, the safety net of soup kitchens, food pantries and women’s shelters depends heavily on religious donations and volunteers.

Sure, it puzzles me that social conservatives are often personally generous while resisting government programs for needy children, and, yes, evangelicals should overcome any prejudice against gays and lesbians — just as secular liberals should overcome any prejudice against committed Christians struggling to make a difference.

…These are folks who don’t so much proclaim the gospel as live it. They deserve better.”

—Columnist Nicholas Kristoff, writing in praise of Christians

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