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Fast-Food Strike Puts Spotlight on Living Wage (5588)

The recent one-day strike by fast-food workers highlights a broader problem of wealth destroyed by inflation and more people depending on public assistance to survive on low wages.

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McDonald's employee serves customers in Raleigh, N.C., in October 2011

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WASHINGTON — Last Thursday’s fast-food strike came and went in more than 100 U.S. cities, and in the current U.S. economy, such strikes are likely to return. However, the protests are bringing growing awareness to a problem in the United States that affects not only the fast-food industry: Too many jobs in the U.S. fail to give workers a living wage, and the solution is not simple.

On Dec. 5, thousands of fast-food workers across the country went on a daylong strike demanding a $15-per-hour wage and the power to create a union.

Kendall Fells, organizing director of Fast Food Forward, told the Register that his group is “urging the fast-food industry to step up and pay its workers a...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Meet Leader of International Islamic Group (5449)

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, will meet the Holy Father tomorrow morning at the Vatican.

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Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

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Pope Francis is to meet the secretary general of the influential Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) tomorrow morning, the Vatican has confirmed.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a Turkish diplomat and academic, heads the Jeddah-based organization, whose membership comprises 57 Muslim-majority states, spread over four continents.

Founded in 1969, the organization claims to be the largest global intergovernmental organization after the United Nations and the “collective voice of the Muslim world.” Its stated aim is to ensure and protect the interests of Muslims “in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.”

In 2005, it enacted a “Ten-Year...READ MORE

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When Roses Bloom in Winter (3358)

A Reflection on Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Adapted from the archbishop’s homily at the 82nd annual procession in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in East Los Angeles, Dec. 1, 2013:


Dear Guadalupanos!

This is beautiful, to see all of you and your families.

Thanks be to God! Let’s thank him for the gift of our Catholic faith! Let’s praise God for all his graces and blessings in our lives! Let’s give glory to Jesus Christ and his Mother and our Mother — Our Lady of Guadalupe!

My brothers and sisters, recently I was in Mexico City — at the shrine of the Virgin. And we received a special video message from our Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Pope told us many beautiful things.

He reminded us that Our Lady of Guadalupe is a...READ MORE

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Large Family Field Trips, Abp. Kurtz & His Younger Brother with Down's Syndrome and More! (2631)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Fields Trips in a Large Family. Follow the link by Jen Dunlap of Forever For Always No Matter What blog.

Field Trips in a Large Family – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

Controlling Women’s Desires in Kenya by Anne Morse of Catholic Lane - BigPulpit.com

New USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz & His Younger Brother with Down’s Syndrome - Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S. J., R. I. P. – Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

10 Ways to Grow in Holiness Today - Misty, Catholic Sistas

René de La Tour du Pin & the Renewal of the Social Order – Joseph F. X. Sladky, Crisis Magazine

Te Deum, Solemn Tone, 5th-Century Monastic Chant – Zephyrinus

The Immaculate Conception Extra - BigPulpit.com

Common Core Is Not Catholic Education – David G....READ MORE

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European Parliament Rejects Notion of Abortion as ‘Human Right’ (5003)

The rejection affirms the capacity of individual nations to set their own laws and policies on abortion and sexual education.

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STRASBOURG, France — Members of the European Parliament have rejected a report which suggested that abortion be defined as a “human rights and public-health concern.”

The rejection of the report affirms the ability of the individual nations in the European Union to promote their own approach to sexual education and abortion policies.

“The formulation and implementation of policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights and on sex education in schools is a competence of the member states,” stated the European People’s Party and the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, two groups within the European Parliament that presented an alternative report that passed by a vote of...READ MORE

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U.S. Justice Department vs. La. Voucher Program, the Legal Battle Continues (3607)

The federal body dropped its lawsuit against the state’s voucher program, but it will play an oversight role that critics fear will hamper expansion.

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NEW ORLEANS — Last month, school-choice advocates in Louisiana were jubilant when they learned that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had dropped a lawsuit that sought to curtail the state’s school-voucher program.

But on Nov. 20, a federal court agreed that the highest criminal investigation and enforcement agency in the country could oversee voucher assignments in the state-run program, stirring fears about the future of a promising initiative that supporters say has liberated thousands of children from a broken public-school system.

The latest skirmish in the battle over the Louisiana Scholarship Program has revived the debate over the impact of government-funded school...READ MORE

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The Pope of the People Is the Person of the Year (3853)

Time’s award goes to a pope who embodies the Church’s 2,000-year-old Christian message, but in a fresh way that has captured 21st-century hearts.

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NEW YORK — Early this morning on NBC’s Today show, Time magazine announced that Pope Francis was selected as the magazine’s "Person of the Year" for 2013.

Indeed, 2013 was the "Year of Pope Francis" worldwide. From the moment white smoke floated from the Vatican chimney and the world listened to the famous cry of “Habemus Papam!” and saw the first pope from the Americas standing on the balcony, the secular and religious media have been obsessed with the Pope Francis — and rightfully so.

They immediately praised the humble former archbishop of Buenos Aires, who rode the bus to work, lived in a small apartment and was referred to affectionately as “Padre Jorge” by those he served....READ MORE

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Pope Francis Named ‘Time’ magazine’s 2013 ‘Person of the Year’ (2336)

The Holy Father is the third pope to win the award, following John XXIII in 1962 and Blessed John Paul II in 1994.

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NEW YORK — On this morning’s episode of the Today show, Time magazine announced its choice of Pope Francis for the 2013 “Person of the Year,” stating that he is changing the “tone and perception” of the Church.

Reacting to the news, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi issued a comment Dec. 11, calling it “unsurprising, considering the resonance and very widespread attention given to the election of Pope Francis and the beginning of his pontificate.”

“It is a positive sign that one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the field of the international press has been attributed to one who proclaims spiritual, religious and moral values in the world,” he said, and someone “who...READ MORE

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