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Cushing, Richard (1895-1970) to Leonard V. Fulton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.080 Author/Creator: Cushing, Richard (1895-1970) Place Written: Brighton, Massachusetts Type: Typed letter signed Date: 10 December 1962 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written to a father who inquires about what to say to his son when he asks about peace and war. Cardinal Cushing offers a lengthy commentary, discussing the failure of many "Christians" to grasp the true meaning of charity and a refusal to live up to the Christian code, the frenzied mindset of war, the efforts of the Church to cultivate peace, and the great threat communism poses to religion and future peace. Cardinal Cushing suggests prayer and fasting as concrete ways individuals can contribute to peace, and considers confidence in God the primary answer to the world's problems.

People: Cushing, Richard Cardinal, 1895-1970.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Christianity, Charity and Philanthropy, Peace, Communism

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