Professional and poor: the story of Margaret Mary Vojtko—UPDATED

I think this is a story that needs to be told.  When we think of the poor, we don’t usually think of people like this. It comes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  On Sept. 1, Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor who had taught French at Duquesne University for 25 years, passed away at the age [Read More...]

Could you eat on less than $5 a day?

Recently, a lot of people did — and some of them didn’t even have to. They took part in the Food Stamp Challenge, to experience what it’s like to live on a food stamp budget.  Here in New York, several people involved with Catholic Charities blogged about the experience.  It’s eye-opening. The ground rules: 1. [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The moral measure of this historic process is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how the jobless, hungry, homeless and poor are treated…At a time of record foreclosures, increasing poverty and high unemployment it is not justifiable to weaken the national safety net or to make disproportionate cuts to programs [Read More...]

Bishops to Congress: protect "the least of these"

As Washington confronts a potential economic catastrophe, two bishops sought to keep attention on those who are often forgotten. From the USCCB web site: In a July 26 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York, called on Congress to [Read More...]


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