National Vocations Awareness Week set for Nov. 5-11


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October 11, 2017

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the US to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Read more

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US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

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VIDEO on religious freedom may be found HERE.

The US bishops have launched a Website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place June 21-July 4.

 

The video, about 10 minutes long and viewable on the Fortnight for Freedom Website, features a number of legal, religious, and other personalities discussing the importance of religious liberty. Read more

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US bishops celebrate Mass for healing of survivors of clergy sex abuse

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Mass will mark opening of June Plenary Assembly

As they begin the Spring General Assembly June 14-15, Bishops from across the US will gather at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church: The liturgy will be held June 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Read more

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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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Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

IRAQ DEVASTATION—Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visited a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016. (Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.)
IRAQ DEVASTATION—Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visited a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016. (Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.)

Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional aid funding, the US bishops and Catholic Relief Services leaders have said in a letter.

“As we have already learned in Iraq, individuals, communities, and countries divided by war face significant challenges amidst their suffering. They must rebuild their communities, and establish inclusive governance that protects majorities and minorities,” the letter said. Read more

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After ‘Catholic Spring’ Email leak, US bishops warn American ideals at risk

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The United States capitol building. (Photo by trekandshoot via Shutterstock)

Following a leaked Email from prominent political actors about a possible “Catholic Spring” movement to plant “seeds of the revolution” within the Church, the US bishops’ conference has rebuked interference in the Church and a political discourse that marginalizes the faithful and demeans women.

“There have been recent reports that some may have sought to interfere in the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the US bishops’ conference president. “If true, this is troubling both for the well-being of faith communities and the good of our country.”

“In our faith and our Church, Christ has given us a precious gift. As Catholics, we hold onto our beliefs because they come to us from Jesus, not a consensus forged by contemporary norms,” he said Oct. 13. Read more

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Labor Day statement invites us to replace fear with a fuller vision


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The lack of jobs that can support families, particularly among those without access to higher education, has placed heavy burdens on families and communities across the country. This Labor Day, the Church draws close to these families and expresses words of hope, said A​bp. Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the ​US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development in the 2016 Labor Day statement. In the statement, attention ​is drawn to Pope Francis’ recent address to the US Congress, in which he highlighted the connection between economic pressures and stresses on the family. While the United States is undergoing a difficult time with political tensions, fear, and anxiety, A​bp. Wenski challenges people to respond with faith and action. “For our dynamics to change, we must replace fear with a fuller vision that can be powerfully supported by our faith…the Church’s history is filled with communities that took seriously the call to be their ‘brother’s keeper’ (Gn 4:9), faced challenges together, and lifted up the ‘cry of the poor’ (Ps 34:7).” To those who are experiencing isolation and feel left behind in today’s economy, A​bp. Wenski offers assurance of the Church’s solidarity. He said, “For those who feel left behind today, know that the Church wants to walk with you, in the company of the God who formed your ‘inmost being’ and who knows that you are ‘wonderfully made’ (Ps 139:13-14).”

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