Baby boomer nuns revolutionize health care
Sisters of Mercy headed toward Peru in 1961. A year later, the Catholic Church changed the rules regarding nuns.
December 30th, 2012
04:55 PM ET

Baby boomer nuns revolutionize health care

By Jen Christensen, CNN

(CNN) – The baby boomer generation's efforts at creating social justice dramatically transformed history - from the Vietnam War to gay rights.

Even institutions that kept tradition at their very core - institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church - were radically changed by this generation.

Within the church, perhaps the biggest agents of this change were its nuns. A wave of new thought during the 1960s opened cloister doors.

While modernization of the church did leave fewer nuns in the pipeline to carry out work in the health care and education fields, the ones who stayed - this baby boomer generation of religious sisters - undertook a kind of grass-roots, social justice-oriented health care.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Vatican

Decades-long fight for Jewish freedom remembered
While Jews struggled to leave the Soviet Union for Israel and the West, American activists joined in the human rights battle.
December 30th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Decades-long fight for Jewish freedom remembered

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

If asked to name the monumental chapters in Jewish history over the past century, people are likely to name the Holocaust or the founding of the state of Israel.

Overlooked and largely unknown, especially among younger generations, is a tale that spanned decades and transcended politics, people and places.

It is the story of a campaign that began in the 1960s and demanded freedom of religion, speech and movement for Soviet Jews – and, by extension, others – who lived behind the Iron Curtain. A new group that wants the Soviet Jewry movement remembered says it belongs in history books, not just Jewish books, and can be a model for confronting human rights abuses that exist now.

Even from the early days, this was a movement that spoke to a broader audience. FULL POST

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Filed under: Foreign policy • History • Immigration • Israel • Judaism • Persecution • Russia

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