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Dorothy Day's Legacy And Family Life, As Told By Granddaughter Kate Hennessy

Republicans in the U.S. Congress are rushing to pass a tax cut bill that critics maintain is heavily skewed to favor the wealthy at the expense of poor and working-class Americans.

Famed writer and activist Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement to draw attention to the plight of the poor and alleviate their suffering. She wrote in a November 1949 op-ed of The Catholic Worker, “We believe in loving our brothers regardless of race, color or creed and we believe in showing this love by working for better conditions immediately and the ultimate owning by the workers of their means of production. We believe in an economy based on human needs rather than on the profit motive.” 

In his September 2015 address to Congress, Pope Francis mentioned Day on four separate occasions. He compared her with Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan is helping lead a movement to have her canonized as a Catholic Saint. Day’s granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, has penned a new book, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother.

Hennessy joins us to discuss what she says is the main aim of her book — to not only chronicle Day’s accomplishments, but to reveal her grandmother as a parent and family member.

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