• Conference aims to debunk ‘higher standard of living’ fallacy

    Conference aims to debunk ‘higher standard of living’ fallacy

    • Jan 27, 2017

    Facing poverty, inequality and injustice, Christians can often feel powerless to effect real change to systems and structures. However, if we begin with lifestyle changes, there’s a great deal that can be done — including spending in ways that enhance human dignity and worker rights.

  • When pope backs workers, Vatican laity wonder, ‘What about us?’

    • May 21, 2016

    With a flourish he inherited from Argentina’s legendarily populist political force, Peronism, Pope Francis from the beginning has been a vocal champion of labor and workers’ rights, backing measures such as equal pay for equal jobs between men and women, affordable housing and land, and living wages. However, some of the Vatican’s own lay employees would like to ask him, “What about us?”

  • Pope calls employers who exploit workers ‘bloodsuckers’

    Pope calls employers who exploit workers ‘bloodsuckers’

    • May 19, 2016

    ROME— Pope Francis on Thursday condemned employers who only offer temporary contracts or no health insurance to employees, calling them “bloodsuckers,” and saying they exploit those who desperately need a job by turning under-the-table payment into “civilized slavery.” “Those poor people become slaves. We think of the here and now,

  • Pope Francis pushes labor rights, human trafficking fight

    • Nov 8, 2015

    ROME — Pope Francis on Saturday burnished his credentials as a “labor pope,” calling for the protection of women in the work force, a stronger safety net for the unemployed, and time off from work as a right. “Attention to women’s work has to be a priority, has to be