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Catholic Leaders Call for Policies Promoting Decent Work and a Just Wage (2834)

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Catholic Charities USA President Father Snyder said the current minimum wage does not allow people to live in dignity and raise one child out of poverty.

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WASHINGTON — As lawmakers in the nation’s capital discuss a possible increase in federal minimum wage, Catholic leaders are asking that the needs of workers and families be kept in mind.

The current federal minimum wage fails “to provide sufficient resources for individuals to form and support families,” argued Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, in a Jan. 8 letter to the U.S. Senate.

“We write not as economists or labor-market experts, but, rather, as pastors and teachers, who, every day, in our ministries and churches, see the pain and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Invites Old Friend for Popemobile Ride (4932)

Father Fabian Baez from Buenos Aires was in the crowd by himself when the Pope spotted him and asked him to climb aboard the popemobile.

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Pope Francis greets his friend, Father Fabian Baez, at the end of his weekly general audience Jan. 8 in St. Peter's Square.

– AP photo/Alessandra Tarantino

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis welcomed an old friend — Father Fabian Baez — to ride on his popemobile after spotting the priest in the crowd at the Jan. 8 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

The Argentinian priest has been friends with Pope Francis since they worked together in Buenos Aires.

According to the newspaper La Nacion, Father Baez was able to get past a security barrier to get close to the Pope. He called out to the Holy Father, who turned and saw him.

“Are you with somebody or alone?” Pope Francis asked. “No, I’m alone,” the priest replied, to which Francis said, “Come on. Get in!”

Father Baez was shocked, as were the papal security guards, who once again witnessed...READ MORE

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‘Magnificat’: Introducing the Liturgy to Christian Laity for 15 Years (9157)

Dominican Father Peter Cameron, the U.S. edition’s editor in chief, discusses the magazine’s origins and its mission.

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Dominican Father Peter Cameron, editor in chief of Magnificat

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Dominican Father Peter Cameron has been the editor in chief of the American edition of Magnificat since 1998. He also serves as the chairman of homiletics at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, N.Y., and he is an author and playwright.

In December 2013, Magnificat celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first edition in the United States, and it now has 250,000 subscribers. The monthly publication was founded by Pierre-Marie Dumont, a French Catholic and father of 12, who also serves as its publisher. Dumont has said that he chose the name “Magnificat” because it expressed “Mary’s unreserved ‘Yes’ to God’s amazing invitation to bring Jesus into her life and into the world! Her ‘Yes’ is what...READ MORE

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5 Marks of a Catholic Family, Pope Francis Says Justice and Peace Start from Home and Much More! (3671)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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5 Marks of a Catholic Family. Follow the link by Dr. Gregory Popcak of Catholic Exchange to read more.

5 Marks of a Catholic Family by Dr. Gregory Popcak of Catholic Exchange - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: “Justice & Peace Start from the Home” - Iacopo Scaramuzzi, Vatican Insider

Our Lady’s Retirement Plan - Pat Ryan, The American Catholic

The Saint Who was Twice Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury - Ed West, The Catholic Herald

Looking to the Star of the New Evangelization - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Custody of the Mind - Michelle Arnold, Catholic Answers

Ursuline Nuns, Thomas Jefferson & Synchronicity; Jamie Stiehm – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is Sam Harris Right About Drugs? - Joe Heschmeyer, Strange Notions

The Lay Faithful’s Call to Kerygma – Fr....READ MORE

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Legionaries Begin First General Chapter to Revise Constitutions (2124)

The meeting will also elect a new governing body for the religious order.

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Cardinal Velasio De Paolis gives the homily during the Jan. 8 opening Mass of the Legion of Christ's General Chapter

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VATICAN CITY — Earlier this morning, the Legionaries of Christ began their first meeting to draft and approve their new constitutions, after which they will elect their new leadership.

Opening with a Jan. 8 Mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the chapter, which will be held behind closed doors throughout its duration, began its official meetings the morning of Jan. 9 and is slated to last roughly 20 days.

The general chapter was mandated by Benedict XVI in the wake of the revelation of the double life led by the congregation’s founder, Father Marcial Maciel, who is since deceased.

An official investigation into the life and conduct of Father Maciel was launched by the...READ MORE

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Number of Christian Martyrs Increased Sharply in 2013 (4901)

Two new surveys reveal the most dangerous areas for the world’s 2.2 billion adherents.

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Destroyed vehicles lie in front of a Christian church after a car bomb explosion in the Karrada district of Baghdad, Iraq.

– 2006 Akram Saleh/Getty Images

VATICAN CITY —   Two new surveys have recorded a sharp increase in Catholics and Christians of all denominations killed for their faith over the past year.

Fides News Agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples registered 22 assassinations of Catholics in 2013, up from 13 in 2012.

It says most of the victims were killed during robbery attempts, and in some cases, the attacks were ferocious. Among the victims were 19 priests, one religious sister and two laymen.

Latin America was the most dangerous area, according to Fides: For the fifth year running, most assassinations of this type took place on the continent. These included seven priests in Colombia, four in...READ MORE

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Islamism Places Africa ‘at Risk,’ Nigerian Bishop Warns (2390)

Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo says that if violent Boko Haram rebels win power in northern Nigeria, ‘an unimaginable humanitarian disaster’ could result.

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Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo, vicar apostolic of Bomadi, Nigeria

– Aid to the Church in Need

LAGOS, Nigeria — Christians in Nigeria face violence and persecution in their homeland, as militant group Boko Haram uses inequality and instability in the country to advance its ideology, a bishop has warned.

“Don’t sit by while Nigeria disintegrates,” Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo, vicar apostolic of Bomadi, said in a Jan. 1 interview with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

If Boko Haram succeeds, the bishop continued, “the rest of Africa might easily fall prey to them. That would be an unimaginable humanitarian disaster.”

Bomadi is located in Nigeria’s oil-rich-yet-impoverished Niger Delta, located in the south of the country.

The country — Africa’s most populous,...READ MORE

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Christian Baker Files Religious-Freedom Appeal in Wedding-Cake Ruling (9755)

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, says he is being forced to promote a ‘false view of marriage’ or face jail time.

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DENVER — A Christian baker in Colorado is appealing a judge’s ruling that he must violate his religious beliefs and bake a cake for a same-sex union ceremony.

“Jack simply exercised the long-cherished freedom to not speak by declining to promote a false view of marriage through his creative work,” said lead counsel Nicolle Martin, who is allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian legal defense organization.

She said, “It’s outrageous that the government would turn its guns on Jack and threaten him with a potential jail sentence unless he says and does what the government demands.”

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., declined in July...READ MORE

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