Silent flight: Christians leave the Holy Land

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Article Politics Social Justice
The land of Jesus’ birth may soon be without Christians to celebrate it.

At eventide the square of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem lights up like a Christmas scene. Brightly colored lights trail around the bell tower bathing Manger Square in a warm amber glow. Tourists lean on stones that have held up weary pilgrims for centuries. The low-tech light show washing over the square is unassuming and peaceful, just right for the spot tradition says the Prince of Peace entered human history in a most humble and vulnerable form.


The lies are killing us: The need for immigration reform

By Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration
Understanding that “you are my other self” will lead us to a new national vision grounded in solidarity. This is the Latino good news, says a priest from the border.

I come from the El Paso-Juárez border communities. For the past 15 years, El Paso has been ranked as the second safest city in the nation, while, just across the border, Ciudad Juárez ranks the second most dangerous city in the world. Daily in Juárez eight to 10 people are murdered, decapitated, kidnapped, tortured, or are simply disappeared.


State of fear: Arizona's immigration law

By J.D. Long-García| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration
Arizona's immigration crackdown both was inspired by and inspires fear.

"Panico." That's how Joel Navarette, the coordinator of the youth group at St. Agnes Church in Phoenix, describes the reaction to SB 1070, an immigration crackdown that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law in April.

Despite opposition from the U.S. bishops, polls have shown broad local and national support of the law and desire for similar legislation in other states. 


Day by Day: The letters and journals of Dorothy Day

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Article Social Justice Spirituality Women
Thirty years after her death, Dorothy Day’s letters and diaries reveal an ordinary but committed woman trying to put love where there was none.

There is probably no more famous image of Dorothy Day than the iconic photo by Bob Fitch that shows her seated with a look of utter tranquility between two armed and imposing police officers. That photo was taken in 1973 when she was 75. The occasion was her final arrest while picketing with striking farmworkers in California.


Take the next exit: Avoid an economic traffic jam

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Article Environment
When it comes to economic growth, the express lanes are closed.

You've probably heard friends complain about tie-ups in Los Angeles or Chicago or New York that transform already long commutes into sweaty practice runs for purgatory. But nothing compares to what motorists recently endured on a roadway heading into Beijing in August's mother-of-all traffic jams: an 11-day, diesel-clouded snarl, stretching more than 62 miles and entrapping thousands of trucks and motorists trying in vain to snail into China's capital city.


From the grounds up: The future of fair trade

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Article Social Justice
Can fair trade grow beyond just coffee?

Sunday Mass has ended at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Fairfax, Virginia, and parishioners are filing out. Deb Caskey stands in waiting, a smile on her face, a mission in her soul, and a table filled with coffee and chocolate at her side.

It's "Fair Trade Sunday" at St. Mary's, and Caskey is in overdrive.


From the grounds up: The future of fair trade

By Daniel P. Smith| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Can fair trade grow beyond just coffee?

Sunday Mass has ended at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Fairfax, Virginia, and parishioners are filing out. Deb Caskey stands in waiting, a smile on her face, a mission in her soul, and a table filled with coffee and chocolate at her side.

It's "Fair Trade Sunday" at St. Mary's, and Caskey is in overdrive.


America the anxious

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Politics
Only our better angels can guide us to interreligious understanding.

American politics always seems to turn on the next "threat" to our security, especially in an election year. Warnings about hordes of brown-skinned Spanish-speaking "illegals" had kept the nation on high alert through most of 2010, but as elections drew near and pundits and politicians saw demonizing immigrants as a loser among Hispanic voters, the search was on for a new bogeyman.


Vote your values: Character matters in picking politicians

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Article Politics Social Justice
Politics as usual doesn't inspire hope for one Catholic grandfather. Candidates ought to answer the tough questions about who they are, he says.

On November 7, 2006, the Democrats won both the Senate and House of Representatives, and many "blue state" supporters were already predicting a White House victory in the 2008 election. Republicans, on the other hand, were busy pointing fingers at both President Bush and party leadership for failing to maintain power in Washington.


Vote your values: Character matters in picking politicians

By David Paul Eich| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
Politics as usual doesn't inspire hope for one Catholic grandfather. Candidates ought to answer the tough questions about who they are, he says.

On November 7, 2006, the Democrats won both the Senate and House of Representatives, and many "blue state" supporters were already predicting a White House victory in the 2008 election. Republicans, on the other hand, were busy pointing fingers at both President Bush and party leadership for failing to maintain power in Washington.


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