US Catholic Faith in Real Life

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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How long can you survive in extreme poverty?

By Kira Dault |
blog Justice

For many of us, poverty is largely an abstract concept. We relate to it in terms of dollars or percentages. (For example, 40 percent of people living in the United States will spend at least one year at or below the poverty line between the ages of 25 and 75.) But an organization called Live58 has released a game that brings home the way that poverty, for people who are living it, is not about numbers. It's about choices.

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Problems women face in a broken prison system

By Laura Fletcher |
Article Justice
One woman’s experience of incarceration exposed her to many of the issues emblematic of our country’s problems with prisons.

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The high prices of living in poverty

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice
Avoiding bad choices is a lot easier when you’re not living on a shoestring budget.

What is the cost of being poor in America? Researchers have long known that because of a broad reduction in retail and other consumer choices experienced by America’s poor, it is often simply more expensive to be poor in the United States. Food shopping when you are poor in America doesn’t mean taking the minivan out to Costco; it can mean walking to the only “supermarket” in the neighborhood, often a small corner retail operation with high markups on food and household supplies.

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Memories of the March: 10 voices recall 1963 March on Washington

Kira Dault |
Article Justice

c. 2013 Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religion News Service asked participants in the 1963 March on Washington to reflect on their lasting memories of the event and how it shaped their faith. Their comments have been edited for length and clarity.

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Welcoming the stranger: Immigrants deserve our support, not scrutiny

In Philadelphia, people of faith are stepping forward to defend the rights of their hardworking brothers and sisters.

By Paul Witte |
Article Justice

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a city of great cultural diversity. I arrived here after working for 10 years with undocumented immigrants in Tennessee and Kentucky as a lay associate of the Glenmary Home Missioners. I knew I would continue to work with and for immigrants because of the profoundly deep experiences I had relating to them--that and the fact that I feel a deep connection with them being as I am the son of poor immigrants myself.

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