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usccb-logoWASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops’ 2013 Labor Day statement parallels concerns for the economic inequality voiced at the Let Freedom Ring rally on the National Mall August 28. The rally marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Civil Rights march half a century ago stressed not only the need for Civil Rights but also the need for jobs and living wages. Addressing the anniversary crowd, President Obama recalled the sit-ins at segregated lunch counters and cited Dr. King’s observation in 1965:

“What good does it do to be able to eat at a lunch counter if you can’t buy a hamburger?”

The bishops’ annual Labor Day statement cites rampant income inequality in the midst of uneven economic recovery, urges bold action to create just economy with jobs that provide living wage and calls for increased minimum wage, immigration reform, and an end to wage theft.

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Father David Placette is celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial for his cousin, Robert Greig Placette who died early this week while trying to save the lives of children.  The 64 year old Port Arthur native was shot twice during an armed robbery at a Denny’s Restaurant in Houston.

Robbers ordered patrons to the floor. Witnesses say the gunmen became increasingly angry and then pointed guns at children.  Placette stood in front of some children and was shot twice.

“I am sure that when he saw those kids, he was thinking of his own grandchildren,” Fr. Placette said.

Fr. Placette called his cousin a man of giving who came from a family that had a long history of service.  “His daddy was in the Navy and was a survivor of Pearl Harbor.  Giving his life for those children was Greig’s ultimate gift of service.”

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope Francis walks with Jordan's King Abdullah II and wife during private meeting at Vatican

Pope Francis walks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, during a private meeting at the Vatican Aug. 29. (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti, pool via Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Dialogue and negotiations are “the only option for putting an end to the conflict and violence” in Syria, said Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

As Western leaders expressed strong convictions that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack against its own citizens and vowed to take action, Pope Francis met at the Vatican Aug. 29 with King Abdullah and Queen Rania. (more…)

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By Richard Szczepanowski Catholic News Service

cns-logoWASHINGTON (CNS) — Recalling the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington urged people to join hands and walk together, and not alone, for justice during an interfaith prayer service marking the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“We have been invited to form one great human family that walks hand in hand,” Cardinal Wuerl told those gathered at Washington’s Shiloh Baptist Church Aug. 28. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

cns-logoWASHINGTON (CNS) — Making realities of the dreams that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of in his 1963 address at the March on Washington will mean Catholics must stop being complacent about militarism, racism and poverty, summed up Sister Patricia Chappell, executive director of Pax Christi USA.

In a “Catholic conversation” on the church, race and the march Aug. 25 amid events marking the 50th anniversary of the march, Sister Patricia, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, drew applause and cries of support from the audience of nearly 200 people at the mostly full sanctuary of historically African-American Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. (more…)

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8th Apostles’ Build breaks ground

apostlesbuild1Ground was broken today on Habitat for Humanity’s eighth Apostles’ Build. Volunteers from 10 area churches will come out each Saturday over the next three months to help construct the home. (more…)

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