Mother Henriette Delille, New Orleans Native, Declared Venerable

On Saturday, March 27, the Holy Father signed a decree advancing the cause of sainthood of Henriette Delille, declaring that this exemplary New Orleans Creole had lived a life of “heroic virtue.” As a native of that lately beleaguered city, I greeted this news with great joy, in company with all her admirers from the […]

Venerable Pierre Toussaint

       Venerable Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853) was born a slave in Haiti and died a freeman in New York City. He is credited by many with being the father of Catholic Charities in New York. Pierre was instrumental in raising funds for the first Catholic orphanage and began the city’s first school for black children. […]

The Black Magus [King, Magi] (c 1350– )

The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1520 @The Victoria and Albert Museum, London The black Magus, or King, in Renaissance Adoration pictures is an enigmatic figure as no black African king is known to have visited Europe during this period. However, blacks, at the time, were known in a wide range of other guises from slaves to saints. The […]

Popular uprising brewing in Haiti

By G. Dunkel   Two major, massive demonstrations took place in Haiti in October and November, when hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country came out into the streets over the government’s plan to raise fuel prices. Some $2 billion in loans from Venezuela for economic redevelopment, through the PetroCaribe program, had gone missing at […]