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  • Good jobs and decent wages lead to stronger families, which leads to peaceful and stable societies, and Catholics have an obligation to provide assistance to those struggling financially while simultaneously urging their lawmakers to enact just employment laws.

    That’s the message U.S. bishops are promulgating in their annual Labor Day statement , in which they...

  • China's flag is seen as Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring

    The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, today confirmed that “there are many hopes and expectations for new developments and a new stage in the relations between the Apostolic See and China.”

    He affirmed that this would benefit not only Catholics in China and China itself but also contribute to world peace or, as he put it, “benefit an ordered, pacific and fruitful coexistence of peoples and of the nations in a world that like ours is torn by many tensions and many...

  • Just when we thought it was safe to say that the Hawks (the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, sort of the F.B.I.’s poor cousin here in South Africa) had finally got their claws out of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, they’re back! Conveniently waiting until after the local elections, they have once again subpoenaed Gordhan regarding alleged irregularities while he was head of the South African Revenue Service (S.A.R.S.).

    Their first attempt at “having...

  • Imagine “Saturday Night Live” as a prime-time show doing family entertainment—no swearing, no scenarios that might require some members of a family to leave the room, but still a live weekly performance filled with sketches, parody music videos, wacky returning characters. Oh, and just to make things interesting, the cast are all Mormons.

    This is “Studio C,” Brigham Young University TV’s sketch comedy program, currently in its sixth season and incredibly popular on...

  • The virtues come braided, which is why the strength, or the weakness, of one virtue effects all of them. If you’re not particularly good at one virtue, strengthening the others will help. Trouble is, weakness in one virtue draws down the rest. That’s why the church, in its fascination with the number seven and its sense of balance, opposes seven virtues to seven deadly sins: humility against pride, kindness against envy, abstinence against gluttony, chastity against lust, patience against...

  • More than half of all U.S. Catholics (52 percent) would cast a vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton if the election were held today, compared to just 32 percent for Republican Donald J. Trump.

    But when broken down by ethnicity, the numbers diverge. More than three in four (76 percent) non-white and Hispanic Catholics would pick Clinton, with 13 percent choosing Trump.

    Among white non-Hispanic Catholics, Clinton holds a much smaller lead, 44 percent...

  • The official death toll now stands at 241 and counting after the magnitude 6.0 earthquake and over 300 aftershocks devastated the homes and lives of thousands of people in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Aug. 24.

    At least 350 have been injured, over 2,000 are without a home and an unknown number are still buried under the ruins of their homes in mountain villages in central Italy. A massive rescue operation involving over 4,000 civil protection workers and...

  • Chris Lowney is a lay Catholic author, speaker and leadership consultant who chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, a health care/hospital system. An alumnus of Regis Jesuit High School in Manhattan, he is also a former managing director of JP Morgan. Mr. Lowney holds a B.A. in history and M.A. in philosophy from Fordham University, as well as multiple honorary degrees.

    Mr. Lowney’s four books include...

  • Pope Francis expressed “his heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness” to all those hit by the powerful earthquake and many aftershocks in central Italy very early this morning. The quake left at least 120* people dead, including many children, obliterated mountain villages and caused the collapse of countless private homes and public buildings.

    He offered his prayers at the beginning of his weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square, Aug. 24. Putting aside his prepared text, he...

  • The borough’s Bangladeshi community remained tense and fearful more than a week after two men were gunned down a few blocks from a humble, storefront mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens on Aug. 13. Jewel Chowdhury, the general secretary of the Jalalabad Association of America, says the community’s women were hesitant to walk the streets of their neighborhood in traditional dress and men were unwilling to head to Friday prayers unaccompanied. No one was sure if the unprovoked...