1. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, called on Secretary of State John Kerry to work with other governments to "obtain a ceasefire" in Syria and create "a future for all Syrians, one that respects human rights and religious freedom."
2. The bishops' annual Labor Day statement cites rampant income inequality in the midst of uneven economic recovery, urges bold action to create a just economy with jobs that provide living wage and calls for increased minimum wage, immigration reform, and an end to wage theft.
3. Catholic News Service reports: "Members of Congress may be out of town and immigration reform legislation may be stuck until at least this fall, but the summer recess has been time for Catholic activists to rally their forces and pressure elected representatives."
4. Earlier we mentioned the conflict in Syria. Pope Francis met this week with the Jordanian King Abdullah II and discussed what is happening in Syria as well.
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