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Can this market be saved?

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A Catholic view of the market just may be what’s needed to rescue our economy from its moral recession.

The editors interview Daniel Finn

If anything good comes out of the current economic crisis, it might be a more urgent discussion of morality in the marketplace, theologian and economist Daniel Finn says.

Finn, a professor at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and president of the Society of Christian Ethics, has attended separate meetings of theologians and economists on back-to-back weekends for 30 years.


Good eatin'

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A hot dog tastes better when served with a side of justice.

What’s the difference between human smuggling and trafficking?

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Hundreds of thousands of migrants without legal standing are smuggled across the U.S. border each year, yet the State Department says only 18,000 of them are victims of human trafficking, even though they often follow the same routes of entry. What's the difference?

 


Domestic traffick report

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Not all persons trafficked in the United States are coming in from distant points in Asia, Europe, or Central America. Some U.S. victims of trafficking and involuntary servitude are "made in the U.S.A." In at least one incident in Florida, American citizens were approached at homeless shelters across the Southeast, including New Orleans, Tampa, and Miami, with promises of good jobs and housing.


Promises to keep

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Barack Obama’s election was historic, but can his presidency be great?

At a time of historic economic, social, and strategic challenges, the election of Barack Obama offers Americans the hope that we can rise above the many forces pulling us down, but more, that we can even rise above the worst of ourselves—the original sin of racism and the lingering structural toxins of prejudice and discrimination.


Hidden in plain sight

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The shadow world of human trafficking

The beating was the final straw. The relentless daily psychological abuse had been bad enough; the endless days of work stretching into weeks and finally into months had been exhausting beyond endurance. Somehow she managed to get through.


Vatican wins award for creating rooftop solar-power generator

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The Vatican won the 2008 Euro Solar Prize for turning the football field-sized roof of its Paul VI audience hall into a giant solar-power generator.


Book details faith foundation of farmworker movement, author says

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A new book on Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union shows not only how the tactics they adopted to win contracts have been used by other social movements since then, but also the faith foundations of the union itself, according to its author.


Bring fair trade and alternative shopping home for the holidays

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Christmas is a time for giving--and it's a perfect time for fair trade. Fair trade allows you to give twice: first in buying a product and then in giving it as a gift. Below learn more fair trade and where you can find it. You'll also find a comprehensive list of charitable organization for your end of the year giving.


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