As Labor Day nears, U.S. bishops point to challenges

August 30, 2013, edition • Even as our country experiences a modest economic recovery, standards of living have not improved for many people, especially the poor and working poor, many of whom are unemployed and underemployed. • Over 4 million people have been jobless for over six months, and that does not include those who have simply…

Syrian-born patriarch: ‘Enough with the intervention’

August 30, 2013, edition By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service Syrian-born Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham warned against armed intervention in his country, saying, “It has brought us to the tragedy we are now living in Syria.” Speaking to Catholic News Service by phone Aug. 27 from the patriarchal summer residence in Ain…

50 years later

Anniversary of historic March on Washington draws crowds to make Rev. King’s ‘dream’ reality August 30, 2013, edition By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service By the thousands they came to the National Mall in Washington, people of all ages, races and religions, to stand in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial Aug. 24, just as…

Catholics called to step up in the fight against racism

August 30, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service Making realities of the dreams that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of in his 1963 address at the March on Washington will mean Catholics must stop being complacent about militarism, racism and poverty, summed up Sister Patricia Chappell, executive director of Pax Christi USA. In…

Bishop urges ‘culture of encounter’ among Catholics, Lutherans

August 30, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service Citing the words of Pope Francis, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs called for a “culture of encounter” among Catholics and Lutherans during the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s churchwide assembly in Pittsburgh. Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore told…

Issues that prompted 1963 March on Washington not yet solved, bishops say

Social concerns called essential to evangelization August 16, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service The issues that prompted the March on Washington 50 years ago have yet to be fully solved, said a 50th anniversary statement on the march issued by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. “The dream of (the…

What’s your heart’s greatest desire?

August 16, 2013, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Yearning and loving give people the strength to move forward and overcome obstacles, but Christians must ask themselves what really is their hearts’ desire, Pope Francis said. “All of us have a desire,” the pope said Aug. 11 during his midday Angelus address. “Pity the…

Unemployment issues, 2013

August 16, 2013, edition By Lynn LeCluyse Catholic News Service Emily Rolla, a 22-year-old graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, recently accepted a retail job at Target after trying unsuccessfully since 
December to get a job in her field of study. A double major in communication arts and German, Rolla has applied…

Pope expands role, reach of Vatican

Financial Intelligence Authority August 16, 2013, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service As part of the Vatican’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all its financial activity complies with international standards, particularly those aimed at preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism, Pope Francis has expanded the role and the reach of the Vatican’s…

Meet the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican

Hackett will bring insights to his new post from many years working for Catholic Relief Services August 16, 2013, edition By Paul McMullen Catholic News Service Ken Hackett is not joking when he says it is easier for him to list the nations he has not visited rather than ones in which his passport has…