US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Forum examines response to torture by U.S. in interrogating prisoners

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A Fordham University forum talked about the response of American political, military, religious and medical groups to the use of torture in interrogations of prisoners by the United States since the 2001 terrorist attacks.


Are states taxing working poor into deeper poverty?

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Poor families faced income tax bills that pushed them deeper into poverty last year in nearly half of the states with an income tax, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


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.


Kenya rising: The Catholic Church in Africa

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The growing Kenyan church responds to the challenges of a young democracy.

“Our mother, Kenya, we love you so much; we need you again,” sing the students at St. Joseph Freinademetz Primary School in Ruai, outside of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

In early 2008 Kenya abandoned her children. When violence broke out following the contested December 27, 2007 election, about 1,150 people were killed and 300,000 displaced. For three months students weren’t in school. Homes, farms, and businesses were burned to the ground, and the economy ground to a halt.


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.


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