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On the Solemnity of Christ the King last November the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace issued an important document on Agrarian Reform. Thanks to those wonderful people over at the Catholic Information Network, the text of this important teaching document is now available in cyberspace. Check it out at http://www.cin.org/docs/agrarian.html . For a front line report about this issue, read this shocking email from a Brazilian Bishop and learn how Japanese corporate interests are conspiring with Brazilian government officials to dispossess small farmers and convert the land to factory farming for export: Letter from a Brazilian Bishop
The House has passed an African trade and aid bill that mandates continued progress in "family planning services", which sure sounds like abortion to me. Call your senator now to urge him or her to oppose this bill and invite your representatives and senators to support an alternative bill that does not mention family planning services or abortion.
DETAILS ON THESE BILLS
Information on the performance of welfare reform.
Everybody seems to be bragging these days about
how many people are off welfare due to welfare
reform. But what is really happening? Are these
people getting jobs and improving their lives, or
are they callously being thrown into the street
because they make a mistake with their paperwork? Check it out here.
Distributism an economic philosophy of the early 20th century that was heavily influenced by Catholic social doctrine, links to G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc sources, a strong influence on the cooperative movement. Vol. 1, No. IX, May 19 - 26, 1998.
International Debt Crisis, the Pope has called for consideration of forgiveness of the debts of very poor countries in observance of the Christian Jubilee in the year 2000. Vol. 1, No. VIII, May 12-18, 1998)
Co-operative Enterprise free market alternatives to hard-core corporate capitalism. (Vol. 1. No. VII, May 4-11)
Microenterprise, "entry-level" free enterprise, discusses how poor people can help themselves by starting their own very small businesses. (VI)
Memorial to the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing commemorates the third anniversary of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995. (V)
Holy Week Home Page access to meditations and scripture for Holy Week (IV)
Lenten Meditations Page daily justice and peace meditations for Lent, based on the lectionary readings. Lent Entrance Page (III)
Just War and the Iraqi Escalation page of information and prayers relating to the on-going escalation of the situation in Iraq. Includes novena to Our Lady of Sorrows and Angelus in Time of War. (II)
Roe v. Wade Anniversary with a prayer to Mary for Life by Pope John Paul II. (I)
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