Pope Francis, compassionate capitalism, and where your iPhone was made

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Pope Francis in Cuba

Michael Gerson writes for The Washington Post about Pope Francis’ concerns regarding unfettered capitalism. He writes, “[Capitalism] has taken hundreds of millions of people out of poverty . . . but it is a system that depends on virtues it does not create.” Read the whole thing here: Pope Francis and the argument for compassionate capitalism. Watch a video about where your iPhone was made after the jump:

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Misc: Making Babies, Just to Make Ends Meet

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The Church forbids Catholics from using certain reproductive technologies such as surrogates and IVF. Read more after the jump, and read about how hard life is for surrogates in The New York Times here: Making Babies Just to Make Ends Meet

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The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

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On this Feast of St. Joseph the Worker we recommend “St. Joseph and the Child Jesus” by the Catholic artist and painter John Collier.  In addition, read Pope Francis’ homily on St. Joseph the Worker  in which he condemns modern day “slave labor” and speaks of “the dignity and importance of work”: Pope Francis on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

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TCC Playlist: Streets of Glory and We Shall Not Be Moved by Pete Seeger

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Pete Seeger The great American folk singer, Pete Seeger died yesterday at the age of 94. Seeger used his music to support civil rightslabor unionsthe peace movementenvironmental causes and other social issues. He often used spirituals to inspire and encourage his audiences. Spirituals he sang, like “We Shall Overcome” played an integral role in the American Civil Rights movement. Bruce Springsteen once said of Seeger, “At some point, [he] decided he’d be a walking, singing reminder of all of America’s history. He’d be a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament of the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards more humane and justified ends. He would have the audacity and the courage to sing in the voice of the people.” May he rest in peace. Listen to two of his spirituals and see photos after the jump:

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