Ban on plastic bags hobbles food drive for needy

Food collected for organizations like St. Vincent de Paul charity in Porterville down more than 50 percent from last year because of California’s prohibition on use of plastic bags

Letter carriers from Porterville to Lindsay fanned out Saturday for the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and while the collection was less than last year, local carriers were still pleased. Ray Holdsworth, a letter carrier in charge of the local drive, reported Monday 13,600 pounds of food was … [Read more...]

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Evidence mounts on the importance of marriage and biological parents

Marriage more stable than cohabitation, children born to single mothers benefit more by having their biological father join them, single-parent families face greater risk of income inequality

Evidence keeps accumulating about the importance of marriage, and the importance of being raised by your biological parents. This should matter to us if we want to live in a society that is truly pro-child and is not in reality organised around the wishes of adults first and foremost. Three articles have just been published that further point to the importance of marriage and … [Read more...]

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LA priest to be honored at Notre Dame University commencement

Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, will receive Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21 (Sunday). “For nearly 30 years, Father Boyle has served men and women … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends message to Modesto meeting

Pontiff tells hundreds gathered for World Meeting of Popular Movements that global crisis is driven by the “invisible tyranny of money”

The following is an excerpt of Pope Francis’ message to community leaders taking part in a regional meeting of popular movements in Modesto, California. The February 16 - 18 encounter has been organized with the support of the Vatican’s new Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, the U.S. Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the National Network of … [Read more...]

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Could this proposal solve San Diego’s homeless problem?

Camp Hope is one way of housing and feeding the poor, but whether the idea gains popularity remains to be seen

The time has come for us to seek out a realistic way to manage our worsening problem of people living on the streets of our city and to do so in a manner that best serves our city’s entire population of 1.35 million. With this in mind, we propose the establishment of “Camp Hope San Diego” on city-owned land adjacent to Brown Field. The purpose of this camp is to safely and … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese hosts homeless memorial service

The 193 homeless individuals who passed away in 2016 on the streets of Orange County due to illness, exposure or violence were remembered

It was a somber evening as the souls of 193 homeless individuals who in 2016 passed away on the streets of Orange County due to illness, exposure or violence were remembered at a pray service. Most of them did not receive a proper memorial at their passing. The Dec. 21 Homeless Persons’ Interfaith Memorial Service, held in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral, was held on the … [Read more...]

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Will Prop. 64 passage mean more homelessness?

Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco argues that legalization of marijuana likely to escalate poverty problem

The following is a November 1 Catholic San Francisco article by Bishop William J. Justice, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. While some may think that the impacts of the marijuana legalization are fairly benign, the evidence to the contrary is well documented and compelling. Obvious effects include an increase in impaired driving, a rise in use among … [Read more...]

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