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As One Union Nears Contract with St. Mary’s Buyer, Another Aims to Disrupt Deal

As One Union Nears Contract with St. Mary’s Buyer, Another Aims to Disrupt Deal

Divisive plan to convert Passaic’s remaining hospital to for-profit status may be all that stands between it and closure

By Andrew Kitchenman, April 19, 2013
St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic.

While outside labor unions have been directing a barrage of criticism at Prime Healthcare’s proposed purchase of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, that hasn’t stopped Prime from quietly working out a contract agreement with the hospital’s own union.

When Prime announced on Monday the tentative agreement with the Jersey Nurses Economic Security Organization – approved by the union yesterday — it was in contrast to the position staked out by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees opposing Prime’s entry in the state.

JNESO has expressed concerns about for-profit hospital conversions in the past, but it clearly has a stake in making sure that St. Mary’s continues to operate. Both the hospital and Prime have said it would close if its sale were blocked. Read more

Pope Francis reflects on the dignity of work at Wednesday’s general audience

Vatican Radio

Pope Francis reflects on the dignity of work at Wednesday’s general audience

 

 

Pope Francis in his catechesis on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st reflected on two important figures in the life of Jesus: the figure of St. Joseph as the model of all workers and on Mary as we mark the beginning of the month dedicated to the mother of Jesus. Pope FRancis in comments in Italian spoke about the dignity and importance of work.

Listen to Emer McCarthy’s report including Wednesday morning’s mass

Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of the Holy Father’s Wednesday Audience catechesis:

Dear brothers and sisters, Good Day!,

Today, May 1st, we celebrate Saint Joseph the Worker and begin the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady. In our encounter this morning, I want to focus on these two figures, so important in the life of Jesus, the Church and in our lives, with two brief thoughts: the first on work, the second on the contemplation of Jesus Read more

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

Vatican City, Dec 25, 2012 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope and peace for society in his annual “Urbi et Orbi” or, “The city and to the world,” message on Christmas day.

God has done everything; he has done the impossible: he was made flesh,” the Pope emphasized.

“His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite has become a child, has entered the human family.”

During his remarks, the Pope also appealed for an end to violence in conflict ravaged countries in the world such as Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, called for a peaceful democratic transition in Egypt and urged respect for religious freedom in China. Read more