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Dorothy Day was an activist who worked for such social causes as pacifism and women's suffrage through the prism of the Catholic Church.
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She explained her religious conversion in 1938's From Union Square to Rome, writing the book as a letter to her brother, an ardent communist. In 1952, Day released her second autobiography, The Long Loneliness.
Dorothy Day dedicated much of her life in service to her socialist beliefs and her adopted faith, Catholicism. She died on November 29, 1980, in New York City, at Maryhouse—one of the Catholic settlement houses that she had helped establish. The movement she created continues to thrive to this day with roughly 200 communities across the United States and more than 20 communities abroad.
Over the years, Day's life story has been the subject of countless books and films. In 1996, Moira Kelly played her in the movie Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story. Martin Sheen portrayed her Catholic Worker co-founder, Peter Maurin, in the film. Day was also the subject of the 2006 documentary Dorothy Day: Don't Call Me a Saint. Despite the documentary's title, many people have proposed that Day be named a saint for her social activism and commitment to her faith.
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