Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 27

1. Pope Francis greeted people who are homeless yesterday at the Sistine Chapel, telling them, "this is the home of all; it is your home. The doors are always open for everyone. "

2. A software engineer working on a 4G network but felt the call to service to the Church? It happens. See Sister Maria Jose Acosta's story.

3. Today, we pray for teenage parents, that they might received the care they need and that God might strengthen them.

4. Sunday is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week in the Catholic Church. Read this reflection on Palm Sunday, written by Mar Munoz-Visoso.

5. God loves you

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 26

1.The White House confirmed today, through press secretary Josh Earnest, that Pope Francis will visit President Obama and the First Lady there during his trip to the U.S. in September The White House said, "During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. The President looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope."

2. Later this year, Pope Francis will lead the Synod on the Family. Join in prayer for the Synod in both English and Spanish. He said yesterday that prayer, not gossip, is needed.

3. Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, and Bishop James A. Tamayo will join faith in visiting families at Dilley Detention Center , a consultant for USCCB Committee on Migration Last year, more than 68,000 families from Central America fled violence in their home countries. Many are being detained in order to deter further migration, causing them more trauma and emotional pain. These families can be released into alternative to detention programs which provide them case management and community support, a more humane option. The faith leaders will highlight these concerns and call upon the U.S. government to halt the practice of family detention. Follow their journey on Twitter at @USCCBLive and with the hashtags #EndFamilyDetention and #Catholic

4. In case you missed it, the Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinate Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).
5. God loves you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

50 Years After Selma to Montgomery, We Must March On

 By Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

“If we do not walk together, if we do not pray for one another, if we do not collaborate in the many ways that we can in this world for the people of God, then unity will not come about.” –Pope Francis, from January 25th, 2014, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

As we gather at St. Jude Parish to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, we are flooded with vivid memories. We must never forget the images associated with this historic march. They are pictures of men and women standing as still as stone against a coming rush of violent resistance during the first attempt to march. They are images of solidarity, of complete strangers coming together all along the way for a noble purpose, at times literally binding up one another’s wounds. As with St. Jude, we see compassionate souls creating space for rest and hospitality for the weary when many others would not take the risk.

What we beheld in the Selma to Montgomery March shed needed light on the toll of racism, and, for many, put a human face on those impacted by its evils. The perseverance, sacrifice and peaceful witness against violence we recall today moved a nation to earnestly seek to heal divisions within the human family. Selma marked a turning point in the national conscience and conversation.

Today, we honor the sacrifice of many brave and often unnamed heroes—most of deep faith, including a number of Catholics—who worked for years to ensure equal access to the benefits of democracy, benefits that include the right to vote and fully participate in the processes that safeguard the common good. Those who marched did so as part of a poignant chapter in a long struggle.

We recognize the significant progress that has been made against the scourge of racism following the dramatic events of 1965. Because of the very real sacrifices of so many like those who participated in this march, real and lasting change has taken root in our country and we are better for it. There is still much to be done in fully transforming hearts and minds; let us use the energy of this anniversary to finish the work of healing divisions that remain and ending the cycles of violence that grip too many of our communities. With firm faith and trust in a gracious and loving God, we must march on.


Archbishop Kurtz delivered these remarks in Selma, Alabama March 24, 2015. He is president of the USCCB and archbishop of Louisville.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 24

1. CBS' 60 Minutes profiled Christians persecuted by Isis in Iraq in an emotional story. The U.S. Bishops recently called for prayer for those persecuted for their faith.

2. Did you know that in the Diocese of Fairbanks some parishes are only accessible by boat? Watch this video to learn more about how Catholic Home Mission Collection assists those in need.

3. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop-Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, said Pope Francis "tells it like it is, because he wants people to hear it as it truly is."

4. How does a Harvard-educated woman decide to pursue the religious life? Sister Ann Kateri Hamm explains her journey.

5. God loves you.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 23.

1. In case you missed it, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), the Council of the District of Columbia ran afoul of federal law and constitutional principles, says a letter sent to Congress by six members of the USCCB on March 20. The bishops are asking Congress to rescind these two pieces of legislation.

2. Major League Baseball players spend nearly two months in spring training. So, how do Catholic players address their spiritual needs? Catholic Athletes for Christ helps out and players say they are grateful. Watch this video as well:

3. Pope Francis said that where there is no mercy, there is no justice.

4. Join Cardinals Jean-Louis Tauran and Kurt Koch from the Vatican, along with other Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim scholars, at the Catholic University of America, May 19 through 21, to commemorate the legacy of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II's declaration onnon-Christian religions.

5. God loves you.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 20

1. Pope Francis says no crime deserves the death penalty.

2. Archbishop Jose Gomez wrote in a column that it is time to end the death penalty, adding, "As a nation and as a society, our justice must be tempered with mercy or we risk losing something of our own humanity."

3. Nebraska and Kansas bishops have made similar calls this last week. Kansas' bishops said, "As more Americans, especially young adults, identify as pro-life, our consciences call us to uphold a consistent life ethic by opposing all threats to human life including the death penalty. We are the pro-life generation and this belief informs the way we approach life issues."

4. View all of the USCCB resources on the death penalty.

5. God loves you.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 19

1. Pope Francis condemned the attack in Tunisia as, “[An act] against peace and the sacredness of human life.”

2. Catholic News Service photographer Paul Haring details how he got the shots needed the night Pope Francis was elected.

3. Join Cardinals Jean-Louis Tauran and Kurt Koch from the Vatican, along with other Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim scholars, at The Catholic University of America, May 19 through 21, to commemorate the legacy of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II's declaration on non-Christian religions.

4. Check out how two children in Baltimore are making CRS Rice Bowl meals for their family each week during Lent. Watch a video as well.

5. God loves you.