Inside the lives of Texas colonia residents

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Article Social Justice Women

Like Dorothy, the sisters first arrived here via tornado. And in another Oz parallel, their presence led the people of Pueblo de Palmas to discover that the strength to create a better life, obscured for a time by fear, isolation, and lack of confidence, lay within them all along.


Troubled waters: A Catholic response to refugees

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Article Ethic of Life Immigration Social Justice
April proved to be an incredibly cruel month for economic and political refugees attempting to escape conflict and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa via desperate Mediterranean Sea crossings. In two separate but typical incidents, more than 1,300 people were feared dead. Overloaded and unseaworthy watercraft capsized as rescuers approached, trapping scores below decks and tossing other migrants into the frigid seas.
 

Reading Socrates on the streets: Offering education to people in poverty

By F. Clark Power and Stephen M. Fallon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
The great books can inform and inspire people from all walks of life—even those who find themselves staying at a homeless shelter.

The Hebrew word for the poor is anawim, which in the Hebrew Bible literally means “little breaths.” Thinking of the poor as “little breaths” calls attention as much to a lack of power and influence as it does to a lack of material goods. Donald Trump once declared bankruptcy, but Donald Trump never lacked influence. He was never poor.


Has the church abandoned its support of unions?

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Article Social Justice
Why has the church gone silent in the face of recent attacks on organized labor?

Indiana’s bishops recently issued a letter deploring the continuing poverty in the state—a letter that could easily describe conditions in many other states around the country. To their credit, the bishops urged several measures toward mitigating the struggles of Indiana’s poor and countering poverty as a whole: more effective social service delivery and an exhortation toward a just wage and health care for all.


How American Catholics can help Christians in the Middle East

By Michael La Civita, K.C.H.S.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Ethic of Life Social Justice War and Peace

The ISIS blitzkrieg into northern Iraq last summer and the subsequent decimation of one of the oldest Christian communities of the church—coupled with the so-called Islamic State’s recent executions of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians—have earned Middle East Christians some attention, if not quite the respect, of the politicians, candidates, policy wonks and journalists inside the Beltway. The headlines are dramatic and betray a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness.


Living faithfully in a world of violence

By Father Bryan Massingale| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice War and Peace
In the face of horrific violence the world over, how do we rise above thoughts of revenge and despair?

When the rich get richer: The dangerous economics of inequality

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Article Social Justice
The poorest 50 percent of Americans are struggling with flat or falling income levels, negligible net worth, and bleak prospects. How did this happen? And what can we do about it?

Move over Olivia Pope—this is what real scandal looks like

By Meghan J. Clark| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
When scandal looms, who are you going to call—Olivia Pope or Pope Francis?

Take a social justice roadtrip through the hills of Appalachia

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Article Environment Social Justice

As a Glenmary priest, I’ve lived in Appalachia for 40 years. I’ve found that understanding social justice issues concerning the area and its people demands real-life experiences. Stereotypical images of shoeless kids with dirty faces and torn T-shirts live on beyond the passing of LIFE magazine from a half century ago. The story of Appalachia defies a single photo or story. For those serious about encountering the spirit of the mountains, I simply tell them, “Get in the van, and I’ll take you around.”


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