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Pope emphasizes mercy in discourse on Sacrament of Reconciliation (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on…

Vatican RadioPope emphasizes mercy in discourse on Sacrament of Reconciliation


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday spoke to participants of a “Course on the Internal Forum,” which deals with the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the ministry of Confessors.

In his discourse, Pope Francis spoke about how the annual course helps “the Church and Confessors to better carry out the ministry of mercy, which is so…

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The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

NPR The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

by Frank James

March 27, 2014 7:01 PM Despite some differences, President Obama and Pope Francis shared a laugh during their Thursday meeting at the Vatican. Obama called himself a "great admirer" of the pope.

Despite some differences, President Obama and Pope Francis shared a laugh during their Thursday meeting at the Vatican. Obama called himself a “great admirer” of the pope.

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President Obama’s Vatican meeting with Pope Francis wasn’t without a dose of irony.

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CFC pledges fall 19 percent in 2013

CFC pledges fall 19 percent in 2013

CFC pledges fall 19 percent in 2013

Mar. 25, 2014 – 02:49PM |
By ANDY MEDICI |

 

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U.S. Naval Academy mascot Bill the Goat spins a prize wheel at an anti-hunger charity booth during the Department of the Navy Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kickoff ceremony at the Pentagon. CFC gives federal workers the opportunity to donate to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened charities. This year’s CFC season…

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Ryan: Welfare programs making poverty worse

Ryan: Welfare programs making poverty worse

March 03, 2014, 10:53 am

Ryan: Welfare programs making poverty worse

By Erik Wasson

Getty Images House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday issued a 204-page critique of federal anti-poverty programs that concludes many of them are redundant, counterproductive and in need of reform.

“Federal programs are not only failing to address the problem. They are also in some…

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Unions push for larger federal pay raise

Unions push for larger federal pay raise

Unions push for larger federal pay raise Feb. 26, 2014 – 05:19PM   |  By ANDY MEDICI   | Senate Holds Hearing On U.S. Border Security Sen Jon Tester added his voice to federal unions demanding a pay raise for federal employees that goes above the president’s planned 1 percent. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., joined federal employee unions in demanding a bigger pay raise than for federal employees. President…

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Head of largest federal employee union calls for 4% pay raise in 2015

Head of largest federal employee union calls for 4% pay raise in 2015

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February 25, 2014

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Head of largest federal employee union calls for 4% pay raise in 2015 AFGE president says President Obama must send strong show of support for federal workforce

WASHINGTON –American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today called on President Obama to provide…

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House Republicans Return to Attacking Public Health and Environmental Protections

House Republicans Return to Attacking Public Health and Environmental Protections

House Republicans Return to Attacking Public Health and Environmental Protections by Katie Weatherford, 2/25/2014

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a series of anti-regulatory proposals during a campaign targeting important public health and environmental safeguards. While House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has dubbed the campaign #StopGovtAbuse Week, the proposed…

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Obama to Propose 1 Percent Raise for Feds, Troops in FY15 Budget

Obama to Propose 1 Percent Raise for Feds, Troops in FY15 Budget

Obama to Propose 1 Percent Raise for Feds, Troops in FY15 Budget Jacquelyn Martin/AP

President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for both civilian federal employees and service members in his fiscal 2015 budget, according to an administration official.

Obama’s recommendation, which he will unveil on March 4 as part of the budget release, proposes…

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AFGE President: Federal civilians deserve increase befitting their sacrifice and service

AFGE President: Federal civilians deserve increase befitting their sacrifice and service

AFGE President: Federal civilians deserve increase befitting their sacrifice and service AFGE logo. (PRNewsFoto/American Federation of Government Employees)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 1 percent pay raise that President Obama will propose for federal employees and members of the military in fiscal 2015 is inadequate to compensate for years of sacrifice and…

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Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions

Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions

The New York Times

Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions

By FEB. 22, 2014

  “It’s had a devastating effect,” the labor leader Marty Beil, said of Wisconsin’s law curbing union power. Credit Joshua Lott for The New York Times

Three years ago, a labor leader named Marty Beil was one of the loudest opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill,” a proposal that brought tens of thousands of…

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