"On the altar we adore the Flesh of Jesus, in the people we find the wounds of Jesus.
Jesus hidden in the Eucharist, Jesus hidden in these wounds. They need to be heard!...
The wounds should be heard by those who call themselves Christian, and today,
all of us, here, need to say, 'These wounds must be heard!' But there is something else that gives us hope. Jesus is present in the Eucharist, here is the flesh of Jesus; Jesus is present among you, it is the Flesh of Jesus: the wounds of Jesus are present in these people." (Pope Francis)
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Your message showed Congress that there was massive support for the Anti-Human Trafficking legislation, The Girls Count Act, which passed in June and was signed into law by President Obama on June 12th.
“The Girls Count Act will ensure that millions of poor and vulnerable girls around the world do not simply get lost,” says William O’Keefe, vice president of Government Relations and Advocacy for Catholic Relief Services. “No birth certificate means no legal identity, no rights and no protections. Tragically, those who legally do not exist are consequently more easily trafficked. This act puts in place policies to give girls a better chance to survive and thrive.” Read More...
By John Martinez, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis calls for greater attention to be given to “the needs of the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable, in a debate often dominated by more power-ful interests.”
One need in the United States is access to the banking system for nearly 64 million people. Predatory payday lenders stepped in to fill that need. Households using check cashers and payday lenders earn around $25,000 a year and spend roughly $3,000 – more than ten percent of their total income – on interest and fees. The exploitative interest rates charged by payday lenders can trap families in a cycle of poverty, and leave them unable to look toward and plan for the future.
One way to address the needs of the “unbanked” would be to expand financial services that the Postal Service delivers, bringing low-cost and accessible financial op-portunities to millions of families in need. The Postal Service could provide savings accounts, check cashing, low-fee ATMs and more to the most vulnerable commu-nities. While 38 percent of zip codes in the United States have no bank, every one of those has a Post Office.
The United States actually had postal banking from 1910–1968. So it would not be a new service so much as a renewal of a practice that once served millions. In fact, every other “developed” country has a postal banking system. Our system was abolished when people were able to have accounts insured by the FDIC and receive better interest rates from the banks.
But today, banking services can be expensive or difficult for people in poverty to attain. We are again in need of affordable and accessible banking services.