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Sisters of St. Joseph call for better farmworking conditions

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers promotes fair treatment of farm workers. The Florida-based organization recently partnered with the Sisters of St. Joseph U.S. Federation to raise awareness of labor trafficking in the United States.

The working conditions on the tomato farm were extremely difficult. There was no access to water on hot days, no bathrooms in sight, and workers regularly experienced harassment at the hands of their bosses. The abuses were all too common, and workers felt they didn't have enough power to speak up.

Editorial | The Church weeps with Orlando

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting June 12 at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., we struggle to make sense of such violence, destruction, hate and suffering.

The events go against everything we uphold as community values. A statement issued by the Vatican on behalf of Pope Francis referred to the Orlando attack as "terrible and absurd violence." It's almost incomprehensible that a country that has had as many mass shootings as the United States is still capable of having its worst one in our lifetimes, in terms of dead and wounded.

'A sword has pierced heart' of city, says Orlando bishop about shooting

Father Jorge Torres, director of vocations for the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., prayed with young people who participated in the "Vigil to Dry Tears" June 13 at St. James Cathedral in Orlando. Father Torres is among the Orlando diocesan priests lending a hand in counseling families and friends of victims of the June 12 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla.-- Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan urged people of faith "to turn their hearts and souls" to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12.

"A sword has pierced the heart of our city," he wrote in a statement.

"The healing power of Jesus goes beyond our physical wounds but touches every level of our humanity: physical, emotional, social, spiritual," he stated . "Jesus calls us to remain fervent in our protection of life and human dignity and to pray unceasingly for peace in our world."

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