US bishops provide senate moral principles for health care reform

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As the US Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Card. Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Abp. William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bp. Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, and Bp. Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to help guide policymakers in their deliberations. Read more

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MO Bishops issue statement on Executive Order on refugees

MO Bishops statement in Spanish.

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The recent executive order to turn away refugees and to narrow or close our nation’s doors to our migrant sisters and brothers who are fleeing hunger, hardships, violence and persecution does not represent the best of our Catholic and American values and ideals. As Catholics, we appreciate the concern shown to Christians, many of whom have been violently targeted because of their faith, murdered, and seen their churches destroyed, but we are disheartened and alarmed by actions that target and profile others because of the color of their skin, the language they speak, the religion they profess and the land they call home.

We understand and strongly support efforts to make our country safe from terrorism and violence. Every country has a right and a duty to protect its citizens and secure its borders. But our safety will not be achieved by isolation. America will be safer by seeking to create a more just and peaceful world. Read more

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Marriage and the common good

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How is marriage a social justice issue? The family is the bedrock of society. Children come to understand who they are and how they fit into this world through their family relationships. Marriage between a man and a woman, that gives stability and permanence to their bond, is good for all of society especially for children. It sets an example of love and faithfulness, and provides a mother and a father to any children who come from their union, or to whom they open their home through adoption. Read more

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Pope’s message for 50th World Day of Peace

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Below is the Vatican-provided text of Pope Francis’ Message for the 50th World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on January 1st, on the theme: ‘Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace’ Read more

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Pope Francis: Humility is childlike, not theatrical

AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

Christians must pursue true humility as they remember the “smallness” of Christmas, Pope Francis said in a recent homily.

“Humility is the virtue of the childlike and this is true humility and not a rather theatrical humility: no, not that: the humility of somebody who said: ‘I am humble but proud of being so.’ No, that is not true humility,” the Pope warned. Read more

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