Cathleen Falsani

Cathleen Falsani
Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and the new Faith & Values columnist for the Orange County Register in Southern California. She is a member of the advisory board for ONE Moms and traveled with ONE to Ethiopia last year.

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A pill brings life, hope to Africa: Day 6 of my trip to Africa with ONE

A pill brings life, hope to Africa: Day 6 of my trip to Africa with ONE

"Paint those pills red, white and blue if you have to, but they're the greatest advertisement for the U.S. you're ever going to get." As the story goes, that's what Bono told President George W. Bush in the Oval Office more than a decade ago, in the days leading up Bush's creation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Re...
An orphanage where love means life: Day 5 of my trip to Africa with ONE

An orphanage where love means life: Day 5 of my trip to Africa with ONE

The Kasisi Children's Home appears at the end of a dusty road, not far from Lusaka's international airport, like an oasis. As our van pulls up to the front door of the tidy, sprawling compound, a Catholic nun clad in a white veil and a habit the color of the cloudless sky walks across the threshold into the blazing sun to gre...
‘Girl Rising’: Changing the world, one story at a time

‘Girl Rising’: Changing the world, one story at a time

In her 1968 poem, "The Speed of Darkness," the late American poet Muriel Rukeyser, who wrote eloquently about equality and social justice, penned the line, "The universe is made of stories, not atoms." While the medium is different, the new feature-length documentary "Girl Rising," also bares witness to the same truth in poet...
Africa rises against AIDS, poverty: Day 1 of my trip to Africa with ONE

Africa rises against AIDS, poverty: Day 1 of my trip to Africa with ONE

An adolescent girl smiles shyly as a white dove (a rarity in southern Malawi) flies above her head in a family compound in Chileka, on the outskirts of Blantyre, Malawi. Photo by Iris Bourne/irisbourne.com Over the next week, The Orange County Register’s Faith and Values columnist and ONE Mom Blogger Cathleen Falsani w......
What Americans Think About U.S. Foreign Aid Might Surprise You

What Americans Think About U.S. Foreign Aid Might Surprise You

In an OpEd that appeared on POLITICO last Monday, Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor of Arkansas, and Blanche Lincoln, the former Democratic senator from Arkansas — who together co-chair ONE Vote 2012, a non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in the 2012 presiden......
Ethiopia: How foreign aid has helped a generation

Ethiopia: How foreign aid has helped a generation

You know the images you have in your mind of Ethiopia from 27 years ago? The ones from the nightly news reports on TV about the famine in the Horn of Africa as the death toll and horror stories grew. Scorched, cracked earth. The carcasses of emaciated, dead cattle lying in the baking sun. Hundreds…...

Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Tewahedo, and ‘Being Made One’

ONE Moms blogger Cathleen Falsani traveled to Ethiopia with ONE this October. This sound clip, originally posted on CathleenFalsani.com, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip. LAKE TANA, Ethiopia — Spirituality imbues every corner of Ethiopian culture, from its music and dance, to its artwork and even its unrivaled ri......
Ethiopia: The Face of God

Ethiopia: The Face of God

ONE Moms blogger Cathleen Falsani is traveling in Ethiopia with ONE this October. This piece, originally published on Sojourners, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip. Photo caption: A girl from the Mary Joy organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo by Cathleen Falsani for Sojourners. BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I ......
Ethiopia: Motherhood is powerful, precious

Ethiopia: Motherhood is powerful, precious

ONE Moms blogger Cathleen Falsani is traveling in Ethiopia with ONE this October. This piece, originally published on Sojourners, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip. Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. ~&hell......
Ethiopia: God is even bigger than we think

Ethiopia: God is even bigger than we think

In 2007, I boarded a plane bound for Africa for the first time. That trip took me to Kenya, Tanzania, the island of Zanzibar, and Malawi. And that trip changed me — heart, mind, soul — forever transforming my family and my world. Today, five years almost to the day since I flew to Nairobi…...

April 25 is World Malaria Day

Sunday, April 25 is World Malaria Day. And I hope you’ll check out what ONE is doing to inspire action and find out how you can include your faith community here. Malaria has touched my family in a dramatic way. It almost killed my son Vasco. When I first met Vasco three years ago, he…...