Protesters Threaten to Set Themselves on Fire in St. Peter’s Square

"Pitchfork men" being dragged from St. Peter's Square following protest

Two Italian men protesting Italy's economic crisis demanded an audience with Pope Francis, threatening to burn themselves to death if their request was denied. One of the protesters, speaking to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, said, “There's no work, they don't give you a home, they don't give you anything!”The protesters, who claimed to be members of Italy's “Pitchfork movement,” also demanded to be granted political asylum in the Holy See.The protesters' plot was foiled by police o … [Read more...]

Rerum Novarum: A Labor Day Retrospective

On the first Monday of September, Americans say goodbye to summer with picnics and parades, fireworks and festivals. Traditionally, it’s the last day for women to wear white. It signals the start of the NFL and college football seasons.  It’s Labor Day!The first official Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, with a parade organized by the Central Labor Union of New York as a way to honor the economic and social contributions of workers.President Obama is scheduled to speak in Detroi … [Read more...]


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