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Throwback Thursday

Who is Dorothy Day, the woman Pope Francis name-checked in his speech to Congress?

By WITW Staff on September 24, 2015

When Pope Francis addressed Congress on Thursday, he spoke of several Americans from whom inspiration could be taken, including one Dorothy Day, leaving some to ask: “Who?” Time dug into their archives and shared their findings on this remarkable woman. Day, who died in 1980 at age 83, was the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and a zealous proponent of social justice. Historian David J. O’Brien, who was quoted by Time when she died, wrote of her: Day was “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.” She was arrested a dozen times, the first as a suffragette in 1917, the last during a workers’ demonstration in California in 1973, and took part in scores of labor and antimilitary protests, according to the magazine’s obituary. Although agnostic in her youth, when she “took a Marxist lover, joined the young labor movement and wrote for far-left newspapers like the Masses,” she later felt moved to join the Catholic church. In the 1930s Depression-era, she launched the periodical The Catholic Worker and was actively pro-union, anti-poverty, pacifist and anti-government.

Read the full story at Time.