US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Pope Francis to build showers for people experiencing homelessness in St. Peter’s Square

Sarah Butler |
Article Justice

c. 2014 Religion News Service

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor—and upend the expectations of the papacy—Pope Francis plans to build showers for people who are homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. Three showers are to be built into refurbished public restrooms provided for Catholic pilgrims along the marble columns leading into the historic basilica, which was completed in 1626.

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Clark Power on bullying and homophobia

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice
When sexual abuse and homophobia rear their ugly heads, a positive youth sports culture can be part of the solution.

Clark Power founded Play Like a Champion Today in 2006 to help provide education for coaches, parents, and athletes to create a positive youth sports environment for all children. In this web-exclusive excerpt from his interview with U.S. Catholic, Power speaks about his experience with all kinds of abuse, and how he thinks a culture of abuse can be remedied. 

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Paystub: More than just a piece of paper

By Father Anthony E. Cutcher |
blog Justice

Guest blog

“Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin” (Deuteronomy 24:15).

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CRS on the front lines of Ebola crisis, but there's a long way to go

By Scott Alessi |
blog News

Any time a humanitarian crisis breaks out in any corner of the globe, it is a good bet that you'll find representatives from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on the ground, doing everything possible to help. And the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is no exception.

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Ann Coulter, Cardinal Dolan, and the discourse surrounding migrant children

By Scott Alessi |
blog Justice

The waves of migrant children fleeing their homeland in search of safety and stability within the United States' borders has been a major news story in recent months, but now it seems as if our public debate (or in some cases, shouting match) about the situation has become the bigger story.

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The places they'll go: Nuns working on the margins

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill |
Article Justice
The tough and tender mercies of women religious transform the most remote and desolate corners of poverty, misery, and heartache.

It takes nerves of steel to stand in your doorway and tell rebel soldiers waving guns that no, the woman they are seeking is most certainly not in the room behind you, when in fact she is hiding a few feet away, under your bed. But that’s what Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe did.

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Would increasing access to cars help people escape poverty?

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
blog Justice

Earlier this month, a study was released from the Urban Institute titled "Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Voucher Recipients." That’s certainly a mouthful, but one of the authors, Rolf Pendall, took to the Atlantic Cities blog to explore the topic further (and in simpler language) and raise questions on both sides of a proclamation: “

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