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Father Michael Lapsley, Stories of Faith and Disability, and More
June 01, 2012
Summary: A bomb victim finds redemption, making congregations more inclusive, and ‘Vati-leaks’ rocks the Vatican.
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From Victim to Victor June 01, 2012
Father Michael Lapsley was sent to South Africa in 1973 at the height of apartheid. He fought racial segregation and oppression for decades, even after being exiled. His life was transformed in 1990. That’s when someone from inside the regime mailed him a letter bomb, which destroyed both of his hands and one eye. Then he began a new journey - from the edge of death to renewed life, from victim to victor.

Pictured: Soweto memorial in Brixton, South Africa. During the Soweto Uprising, black and white students who worked with Father Lapsley were killed by the apartheid regime military.

Michael Lapsley, author of “Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer
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Stories of Faith and Disability June 01, 2012
More than fifty million Americans have some kind of disability. And the number is growing. From aging baby boomers to wounded veterans returning from war, all kinds of people are touched by an affliction of some kind. Many look to their religious community to feel welcomed and supported - but their churches, mosques and synagogues are often falling short.

Mark Pinsky, author of “Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion
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The Pope’s Butler, with the Leaked Documents, in the Papal Office June 01, 2012
For the past 12 years, the Pope’s personal butler has been a loyal servant, privy to all kinds of insider information. Now the butler is under arrest in connection with stealing confidential documents from inside the papal apartment. So did the butler do it?  Vatican reporter Nicole Winfield says if he did, there are likely many more accomplices, and there may be more leaks to come.

Nicole Winfield, Vatican correspondent for The Associated Press