Social Justice

Catholic groups ask Congress to reject ‘discriminatory’ RAISE Act

"The RAISE Act imposes a definition of family that would weaken those bonds," said Bishop Joe Vázquez, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration.
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Pope’s visit to Cartagena to highlight inequality in Latin America

When Pope Francis visits Colombia in September, he will take his message of mercy and reconciliation to Cartagena, a city that still bears scars of its painful history as a slave port. And he will walk the streets where another Jesuit, St. Peter Claver, put that message into practice four centuries ago.
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House passes anti-trafficking bill; measure goes to Senate

The House passed a bill July 12 that puts more than $500 million over the next four years into efforts to fight labor and sex trafficking both in the United States and abroad.
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Bishop sees little improvement in Senate’s latest effort on health care

Bishop Dewane said the USCCB "is reviewing carefully the health care bill introduced by Senate leadership [July 13]."
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The Least of These: Helping victims of modern slavery become survivors

The control and movement of people for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labor, servitude or the removal of organs is considered one of the three most profitable criminal activities on the planet, alongside illicit drugs and weapons.
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