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

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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.


Born in the USA: Protecting the 14th Amendment

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Politics Social Justice
American birthright citizenship is downright Constitutional.

The birther movement is at it again. No, I'm not talking about the fringe group that insists, in defiance of all evidence to the contrary, that President Barack Obama is not a native-born citizen.


Born in the USA: Protecting the 14th Amendment

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Politics Social Justice
American birthright citizenship is downright Constitutional.

The birther movement is at it again. No, I'm not talking about the fringe group that insists, in defiance of all evidence to the contrary, that President Barack Obama is not a native-born citizen.


Uncertain status: 15 myths about immigration

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Article Immigration Social Justice
With Arizona's new immigration law causing debate around the country, it's best to start off on the same page about the facts. Lawyer Tom Roach clears up some common misconception about immigration. 

The immigration debate is raging in America. There are an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the United States and the proposals regarding what to do about them run the entire spectrum from "throw them all out" to "give them all Green Cards." Meanwhile there are many myths regarding who immigrates to the United States and why.


Our kind of town: Chicago Catholicism

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Article Social Justice Spirituality

The Voice of St. Jude, which was launched in 1935 and became U.S. Catholic in 1963, represented a new voice in the world of Catholic publishing because of its Chicago outlook and its willingness to embrace the laity as collaborative publication partners. Originally established to promote the St. Jude devotion and the Claretian order, whose founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret, was known as the “the modern apostle of the press,” the missionaries quickly realized that the church was more than novena services.  


How Sant'Egidio received its "papal blessing"

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Article Social Justice

By Andrea Riccardi as told to Desmond O'Grady in a U.S. Catholic interview conducted by O'Grady.

It had been the custom in Rome that the diocesan pastoral visits were made by the pope's vicar rather than the pope himself. Pope Paul VI visited some parishes but did not reach us. John Paul II, younger and fitter, decided to visit all parishes himself.


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