The Church: Called to repentance, called to prophecy

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Article Hispanic Catholics Social Justice
On the anniversary of the assasination of Oscar Romero, use this reflection, Romero's words, and the following questions to generate discussion about what his legacy is today.

A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth—beware!—is not the true church of Jesus Christ.
--Archbishop Oscar Romero, March 11,1979


Unaccompanied migrant and refugee children a U.S. and global issue

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David Siegel takes a highly personal view of his job as acting director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services.


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.


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.


In tough economy, agency sees 40 percent increase in calls for help

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is reporting a 40 percent increase in the number of calls from people seeking help as the country continues to struggle with the economy.


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.


Mothers' helper

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Social Justice
Stephanie Garza, a young new leader in the church, creates leaders out of Chicago moms.

Kenya rising: The Catholic Church in Africa

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Article Social Justice
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.


Kenya rising: The Catholic Church in Africa

By Megan Sweas| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
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.


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