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Catholic Bishop Stephen Blaire offers Labor Day statement

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Posted: Saturday, September 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:28 am, Tue Sep 6, 2011.

Each year, Americans celebrate Labor Day as a national holiday to honor working people. This year, however, is less a time for celebration and more a time for reflection and action on current economic turmoil and hardships experienced by workers and their families.

For Catholics, it is also an opportunity to recall the traditional teaching of the church on dignity of work and the rights of workers. This Labor Day, the economic facts are stark and the human costs are real: Millions of our sisters and brothers are without work, raising children in poverty and haunted by fears about their economic security.

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