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KCs begin campaign against flu Print
National-World News
Written by Tami Quigley, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (CNS) -- “Every Life Matters — Every Shot Counts” is the focus of the Knights of Columbus’ Crusade Against Influenza slated to run in the Diocese of Allentown and beyond concurrent with the flu season.

The crusade began October 1 and is slated to run through May 30, 2014.

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Working in an imperfect world Print
Guest column
Written by Fr. Joseph Baker, PhL, STL, Diocesan Ethicist   
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

No one disputes that the world is an imperfect place. Don’t get me wrong: there are so many good and beautiful things in this world. And those good and beautiful things far outweigh anything that’s bad or ugly.

But the reality is we live in a fallen world, a world affected by sin, yet redeemed by Christ. We encounter this reality, this duality, in so many places -- in ourselves, in others, in our families, in the Church, and, yes, in our places of work. On the one hand, the work we do is often one of the most rewarding aspects of our lives. On the other hand, it can also be a source of stress and struggle.

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Culinary Creations Catering participants with a criminal record face significant barriers to finding employment Print
Around the Diocese
Written by Laura Green, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Culinary Creations Catering (CCC) serves individuals facing barriers to employment and offers them the tools they need to build a brighter future and success in the workplace.

These barriers can be anything from housing instability, physical or mental health issues, lack of meaningful educational or career opportunities, or even racial discrimination (one recent study in Milwaukee found that black men received significantly fewer interview callbacks than white men, even though the study subjects had equal qualifications).

Past criminal record

Here we explore one of these barriers, which is reported by one-third of Culinary Creations participants: a past criminal record.

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Life and legacy of Blessed Frederic Ozanam Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Feb. 06, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Bishop Hying blesses mosaic
Bishop Donald J. Hying blesses a mosaic of Blessed Frederic Ozanam at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on January 26. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Last week, I was honored to celebrate Mass in the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and to bless a newly-installed mosaic of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, the founder of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Society's presence in the United States.

I have been involved with the Vincentians for 20 years as a chaplain, serving for the last two years on the national level. In preparing my homily for the Mass, I dug deeper into the life and legacy of Frederic Ozanam, realizing with greater clarity his inestimable contribution to Catholic thought and the wisdom of the Church in addressing the social issues of the day.

Visionary founder

As a visionary founder of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Frederic has helped millions of Catholics to live the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in a practical and generous manner. He was a journalist, scholar, professor, social activist, husband, and father. He taught literature, history, and law, deeply engaged in the intellectual problems and social challenges of his day. Ozanam has much to say to our present age.

Frederic was born in Milan in 1813, going to Paris to study law, where he suffered a deep loneliness but also was befriended by André Ampère, a scientist exploring the wonders of electricity, in whose home Ozanam became a boarder.

Simultaneously a sophisticated scientist and a devout Catholic, Ampère showed his young charge that there was no inherent dichotomy between Christianity and science or between Catholicism and the social ills of workers and the poor.

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Statement from U.S. Bishops on Supreme Court marriage decisions Print
National-World News
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California's Proposition 8 mark a "tragic day for marriage and our nation," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The statement follows.

"Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage.

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