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In Mass for Ferguson, St. Louis Archbishop calls to 'dismantle systemic racism'

On Wednesday, the Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert Carlson, held a special mass for peace and justice in Ferguson as protestors continued to clash with police over the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

In a letter released on August 18, Carlson asked parishioners to donate to a collection set aside to "assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area that offer assistance to those who have been affected by the looting and destruction of property." Over five hundred Catholics from the St. Louis area attended, according to the St. Louis Review.

The Archbishop laid out five crucial steps to "dismantle systemic racism" in his homily. According to the St. Louis Review, he said:


Cardinal Edmund Szoka, former Detroit archbishop and Vatican official, dies at 86

The Michigan native, who this year celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Catholic priest, was named by Pope John Paul II to lead the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1981. Pope John Paul II named Szoka a cardinal in 1988. And in 1990, Pope John Paul II moved Szoka from Detroit to the Vatican, where Szoka oversaw economic affairs at the Vatican City State, and later served as the top administrator, much like a governor, of the Vatican.

During his tenure as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 to 1990, Szoka made his mark by helping bring Pope John Paul II to Detroit in 1987. He also streamlined the archdiocese’s methods to make it less expensive and easier for divorced Catholics to receive Catholic annulments, allowing them to remarry in the church.


During his time at the Vatican, Szoka’s position and influence on various Vatican commissions helped lead to the promotion of Detroit-based priests to become bishops of other dioceses. Among them is current Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who was a former seminary director and parish pastor in Detroit when in 1996 he was named Bishop of Oakland, California, before returning to the top post in Detroit in 2009. Others include Lansing Diocese Bishop Earl Boyea, Newark Archbishop Leonard Blair who previously was bishop of Toledo, and current St. Paul/Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Szoka was born in Grand Rapids and raised in the Muskegon area. His mother was a Polish immigrant and his father hailed from what is now known as Belarus. His parents were divorced when Szoka was about 3. When Szoka sought to enter the priesthood, his parents’ divorce could have stood in his way.


101-year-old employee has been "fixture" at lighting company for 73 years

While most men lucky enough to live to be 100 years old are living a leisurely life, Hy Goldman says working is what keeps him young.

Having a passion and purpose keeps the 101-year-old going strong. "It gives me a reason to get up in the morning and go," he says.

Goldman works four days a week at Capitol Lighting in East Hanover. He is an institution at the company, where he's been employed for 73 years.

"He was very devoted to his wife, who was a wonderful lady who also worked for us," says co-owner Max Lebersfeld. "She passed away, but he came back from that."


Three of Pope Francis's relatives killed in Argentina car crash

Two of Pope Francis' grandnephews and the boys' mother were killed early Tuesday in a car crash in the pontiff's homeland of Argentina, police said.

The pontiff's nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, was critically injured in the crash on a highway in Cordoba, said Carina Ferreyra, a Cordoba police spokeswoman.

A car driven by Bergoglio struck a truck about 12:30 a.m., killing his sons -- Jose Bergoglio, 8 months, and Antonio Bergoglio, 2 -- and his wife, Valeria Carmona, 36.

Emanuel Bergoglio, 35, was taken to a hospital in Cordoba, where he was in critical condition Tuesday morning, Ferreyra said.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord...

Florida man goes crazy in diaper aisle at Walmart

Tarpon Springs police said Jeffrey Michael Pepin, 44, went into the Walmart at 41232 U.S. 19 N on July 26 and began ripping diapers.

Pepin did not discriminate based on age, destroying both infant and adult diapers, police said in an arrest report.

An officer wrote: "The defendant was observed on video in the adult and infant diaper sections of the store ripping open sealed bag of diapers. He was observed removing diapers from their bags and throwing the individual diapers back on the shelves."

In all, Pepin opened 28 packages of diapers, causing $342 in product damage.


99-year-old breaks world record at Gay Games

Standing among a sea of sprinters, Ida Keeling captivated the crowd at Lee Jackson Field on the campus of the University of Akron.

Her bright yellow Nike running shoes grabbed the attention of spectators, but it was her age that had people truly buzzing.

Keeling, 99, is a great great-grandmother who stands four feet, six inches tall and weighs 83 pounds. On Tuesday afternoon, she raced in the 100-meter event of the Gay Games.

"My doctor told me two years straight I'm as healthy as a healthy 20-year-old. Hooray!" Keeling said prior to her race.


Cormorant, MN, elects dog mayor

After five hours of grooming and a new outfit, this farm dog looks like a leader. He's even helped make his community safer by roaming around.

David says, “What he does is when the cars are coming through town, they're hitting town at 50 miles per hour, and he slows them down.”

And now that he's mayor, I wanted to see how he handles media. “Mr. Mayor, could I get a statement from you? Nothing?”

I guess he's all bark, no sound bite. Even so, his constituents still say this Great Pyrenees makes a great leader.


Fresh data shows U.S. jobs market tightening

Source: Reuters

The share of unemployed Americans competing for each open job hit a six-year low in June, suggesting a labor market tightening that could give way to faster wage growth.

The Labor Department's monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey released on Tuesday gave an upbeat assessment of the job market that could sharpen the debate on the timing of the first interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve.

The number of unemployed job seekers per open job fell to 2.02 in June, the lowest level since April 2008. The ratio was at 2.14 in May and is now below the average from 2002 to 2006.

"It reflects a jobs backdrop that continues to tighten on the supply side. There is not enough qualified supply out there to fill the job openings that exists," said Jacob Oubina, a senior U.S. Economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/12/us-usa-economy-employment-idUSKBN0GC1CW20140812

U.S. job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high

Source: Detroit News

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.

Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May’s total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.

The report “provides further confirmation that the U.S. labor market has indeed shifted to a period of stronger growth,” said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at the bank Credit Suisse.

Known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey or JOLTS, the report provides a detailed look at where employment might be heading. It records job postings, overall hiring and the number of workers who either quit or were laid-off. By contrast, the monthly employment report shows the net total of job gains or losses.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140812/BIZ/308120052

Catholic university raises minimum wage to $15 per hour

A Catholic university in Pittsburgh has raised the minimum wage for its employees to $15 an hour as part of a plan to increase wages for its lowest-paid workers, the university announced.

The wage increase, effective July 1, affects about 100 non-contract employees at Duquesne University, which has a total workforce of about 2,100, including about 1,600 full-time and about 500 part-time employees.


One employee who has benefitted from the wage increase is Karen Matthis, a full-time residence life employee. Matthis, who has worked at Duquesne for about six and a half years, spoke to NCR while awaiting a shop estimate on the cost to fix her car.

"Last year at this time, I would've panicked when the car was in the shop," said Matthis, whose five adult children live at home while they complete graduate studies and seek employment. "But this year, it gave us some options."

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