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Bloodsucking Leeches – Pope Francis

Those who exploit for cheap labour are bloodsucking leeches, pope says By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labour commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. “Those who do this are true leeches and live off the bloodletting of people whom they have

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Rome Conference – Jobs, Development, Ecology

Rome conference looks at how jobs, development, ecology are connected By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Paying workers a just wage has been “one of the most consistent and central themes of Catholic social teaching” for more than a century, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. “Wages cannot be left solely to the

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Saint Mary MacKillop

Hard work, perseverance and dedication This great Australian woman inspired great dedication to God’s work in the then new colonies. In today’s world, she stands as an example of great courage and trust in her living out of God’s loving and compassionate care of those in need. From the age of sixteen, Mary earned her living and greatly supported

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Workers Dignity

Pope: Dignity of workers must never be compromised By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service The dignity and rights of workers must never be compromised, not only with regard to fair wages and pension, but also in “their right to rest”, Pope Francis said. The pope met on 7 November in St Peter’s Square with an estimated 23,000 members of

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Pope calls for end to economic exploitation, power-hungry church

Pope calls for end to economic exploitation, power-hungry church Meeting workers and addressing a major gathering of the Catholic Church in Italy, Pope Francis demanded an end to economic exploitation, to clerics “obsessed” with power, to apathy among youth and to a cold, fearful church that forgets Christ is always by its side. “These times of ours demand that we

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