Step into a changing room and try on that latest shirt. It suits your aesthetics. But does it fit your ethics?
You want to know how it was made, so you scan its bar code into the changing room wall and a webcam screen displays rows of exhausted workers sewing the next batch in a factory in Indonesia – or Bulgaria, Morocco or China. Will this ever happen? The technology is simple, but most retailers would rather focus your attention on the washing instructions.
For me, working in the world of US politics can sometimes be a rough slog of compromise, messaging debates, struggle and outright failure. But then there are moments like March 27, 2014, when President Obama met with Pope Francis in the Vatican.
The Vatican, through the pope’s press spokesman, announced that Pope Francis is working on his first encyclical, dealing with the environment. Not surprising that he chose this topic since it is a theme he has often broached. On March 16, 2013, Francis stated he chose the name of Francis of Assisi because: “for me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation. These days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we?”
With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed Tuesday for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.