US Catholic Faith in Real Life

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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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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