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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
03/25/2020

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Join #PopeFrancis on Friday, March 27 for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing live from St. Peter's Square. The prayer and blessing will be broadcast on the Vatican News website (https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html) at 6pm Rome time, 1pm EDT, 11am MDT, and 10am PDT. The Holy Father will grant to all participants who participate in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

03/25/2020
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Archbishop Emeritus Fiorenza shares a prayer in the time of corornavirus isolation.

https://www.archgh.org/news-data/latest-news/archbishop-emeritus-fiorenza-shares-a-prayer-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

The four Gospels give us an image of Jesus who traveled through towns and villages to cure disease and illness. The Gospel reading for Tuesday of the fourth week of Lent reveals the miracle when Jesus restored health to a crippled man. His remarkable sensitivity for a person afflicted with a disabil...

Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston
03/25/2020

Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston

Join us online at 12 noon (CST) today as Cardinal DiNardo leads us in the Our Father. www.archgh.org/live

Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
03/23/2020

Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

03/23/2020

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity


For all who have contracted corona-virus,
We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision makers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.

Amen.



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03/23/2020

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
03/23/2020

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Here are five spiritual tips you for you to live out at home during the #coronavirus pandemic.

How are you growing spiritually during this time?

02/02/2017
Letter to Secretary Tillerson on Israel and Palestine

Chair of USCCB International Committee Calls on Trump Administration to Pursue Peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Bishops oppose all acts of violence, Israeli settlement expansion, confiscation of Palestinian lands, and relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Joint communiqué by bishops from Europe, Canada, South Africa and the United States calls for diplomatic solution that respects the human dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Bishops echo Pope Francis that ‘two-state solution must become a reality and not merely a dream.’

February 2, 2017

WASHINGTON—In a letter issued yesterday congratulating Secretary Rex Tillerson on his confirmation as Secretary of State, Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), called on the Secretary to work for peace in Israel and Palestine.

Bishop Cantú, who recently participated in a solidarity visit to Israel and Palestine, enclosed a joint communiqué by bishops from Europe, Canada, South Africa and the United States. The bishop notes that “2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of a crippling occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, crippling for both peoples.” Quoting the joint communiqué of the bishops, he goes on to state that “[t]he occupation violates ‘the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis.’ Settlement expansion on occupied Palestinian lands undermines a two-state solution, destroying the homes and the livelihoods of Palestinians as well as the long-term security and future of Israelis.”

Decrying “egregious injustices and random acts of violence,” Bishop Cantú expressed the opposition of U.S. and international bishops to Israeli settlement expansion and confiscation of Palestinian lands. In addition, he implored the Secretary to maintain the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. He wrote, “Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would erode the U.S. commitment to a two-state solution, and is a threat to pursuing peace and ending conflict. Its impact would incite and destabilize the area, compromising U.S. security. As Pope Francis declares, ‘the two-state solution must become a reality and not merely a dream.’”

Bishop Cantú called on Secretary Tillerson to work “to end fifty years of occupation and build a brighter future for both Israelis and Palestinians.” He concluded, “[T]he United States has always provided leadership and support to the peace process. We continue to profess hope for a diplomatic solution that respects the human dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians and advances justice and peace for all.”

The full text of the bishops’ joint communiqué and Bishop Cantú’s letter to Secretary Rex Tillerson are available online at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/middle-east/israel-palestine/letter-to-secretary-tillerson-from-bishop-cantu-on-israel-palestine-2017-02-01.cfm.

Letter to Secretary Tillerson from Bishop Cantú on Israel-Palestine 01-01-2017

01/31/2017

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ACTION ALERT SB 4
Please join the Catholic bishops of Texas in denouncing SB 4, which would grant broad authorization to state and local law peace officers to enforce current, unreformed federal immigration law. Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin will be testifying on Thursday, Feb. 2, against this bill.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please write or call your state representatives (find your legislators on Who Represents Me?) and tell them you are OPPOSED to SB 4 and all legislation that is “anti-sanctuary city.” Encourage them to support comprehensive immigration reform that:
1. targets and prioritizes dangerous criminals,
2. provides proportional penalties, and
3. treats all immigrants humanely, especially families and unaccompanied children.
Explain that we oppose SB 4 because it does none of these. If it is possible for you to travel to the State Capitol, come testify on Thursday, February 2 at 8:30 a.m. in the Senate Chamber. If you are available to testify, please contact the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops at 512.339.9882.
BACKGROUND
The Church does not condone or encourage illegal immigration because it is not good for society or for the migrant, who lives outside the law and in the shadows. Legislation such as SB 4 and other “anti-sanctuary city” bills do not address the need to reform our laws to reflect the reality of migration in the world today and to ensure that the rights and dignity of all people are respected.
Instead, SB 4 will heighten mistrust of local police by minority and immigrant communities. Data show that a cooperative relationship between law enforcement and local communities enhances public safety and reduces crime, but SB 4 would make such a relationship impossible for dutiful peace officers to form. Furthermore, state and local police are not trained to enforce federal law, and, if they are forced to do so, this takes them away from true policing to protect people from violent criminals. In other words, legislators would be broadening the scope of work required without any additional support in personnel or revenue.
Moreover, the revocation of State funds is a threat to community programs which do not pertain to immigration, such as programs for families in subsidized housing. SB 4 would threaten community well-being by reducing the state funds made available to the municipalities that are essential to addressing the needs of their constituents and ensuring the proper functioning of local services to the community.
The Catholic Church recognizes the legitimate role of the U.S. government in intercepting unauthorized migrants who attempt to travel to the United States, but this duty must be exercised in a way that is targeted, proportional, and humane. In this way, federal agents will be able to focus upon those who truly threaten public safety: cartel members, human traffickers, smugglers, and terrorists.
• Targeted. U.S. enforcement resources should be focused so that those who are dangerous are more easily identified and apprehended. Enforcement policies should be tailored and not overly broad so the basic rights of all immigrants are not abridged. Ethnic or racial profiling should be avoided. Improvements in intelligence and information sharing, and technological improvements in border security would help ensure those who are most dangerous are intercepted.
• Proportional. Enforcement of immigration laws should not feature unnecessary penalties or force. Immigration control officers and border patrol agents should receive intensive training on appropriate enforcement tactics and use of force. Border enforcement policies which are not proportional force migrants to risk their lives in remote regions of the Chihuahuan Desert.
• Humane. In any enforcement action, the human rights and dignity of the person should be preserved and respected to the greatest extent possible. Families should not be divided and should receive special consideration. Undocumented immigrants should not be detained for lengthy periods or intermingled with violent offenders. Asylum seekers should receive appropriate screening by a qualified adjudicator. Children should be accommodated within a child welfare context.
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"Sometimes I feel like giving up but then I remember that anti-violence and restorative justice efforts are steadfast an...
07/13/2016
I don’t know how I feel . . .

"Sometimes I feel like giving up but then I remember that anti-violence and restorative justice efforts are steadfast and aren’t giving up despite overwhelming odds."......Ralph McCloud, director of the USCCB Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Today, as usual, I stopped by my local coffee shop where the friendly, courteous barista asked me, as she does every day, “How do you feel?” I blurted out my routine, perfunctory, usual, everyday c…

06/24/2016

Cardinal DiNardo statement re: Supreme Court ruling regarding U.S. v. Texas
June 24, 2016
“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s tied vote that leaves in place the lower court ruling, blocking the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The deadlock of the Supreme Court on this issue in effect puts millions of children and youth at risk and in constant fear of being deported.

The nation's immigration policies are broken and implementing a fair, comprehensive solution will be difficult. Such reform is necessary and I am committed to assist our civic and governmental leaders achieve an immigration solution that respects the fundamental dignity of the human person.

Please join me to pray for and encourage our leaders to work together toward a more comprehensive, humane and just immigration policy reform.”
By Daniel Cardinal DiNardo

06/15/2016

In a recent gathering, the Office of Justice and Peace united Interfaith Leaders to come together as one and prayed for Justice for Janitors. Again, in this recent tragic event, we will unite once more for the victims of the Orlando shooting rampage. Please join us along with, Archbishop Emertius Fiorenza, Baptist Reverend William Lawson, and Rabbi Samuel Karff to show support together as Faith Leaders.

“…there is much more that unites us than divides us; especially when we stand in solidarity with those in need…” – Deacon Sam Dunning

Public Candlelight Vigil Planned
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Houston City Hall
901 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002
***ALL ARE WELCOME***

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02/18/2016
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"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian." #PopeFrancis

A jealous heart is an ugly, tormented heart, pope says at morning Mass
01/28/2016
A jealous heart is an ugly, tormented heart, pope says at morning Mass

A jealous heart is an ugly, tormented heart, pope says at morning Mass

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jealousy and envy are ugly sins that grow like weeds in one's heart, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. A heart that is envio...

KNOW POVERTY"...focusing on eliminating poverty one person at a time..."Keynote presentation by: Shane Lopez, Ph.D, the ...
01/21/2016
2016 Poverty Summit

KNOW POVERTY
"...focusing on eliminating poverty one person at a time..."

Keynote presentation by: Shane Lopez, Ph.D, the world’s leading researcher on hope will present on, January 28, 2016, at University of St. Thomas.
Other presenters include:

Cynthia Cisneros, Vice President, Community Affairs, ABC 13 KTRK Television
Cynthia Colbert,President/CEO, Catholic Charities,
Deacon Sam Dunning,Director, Office of Justice and Peace,
Melody Barr, Deputy Assistant Director for Public Services Housing and Community Development, City of Houston,
and many more....

For more information, please visit the link listed below:

http://www.catholiccharities.org/event/2016-poverty-summit/?instance_id=61

2016 Poverty Summit December 22, 2015By Christy Salinas Calendar Tickets Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar When: January 28, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm 2016-01-28T07:30:00-06:00 2016-01-28T15:00:00-06:00 Where: University of…

Mercy is stronger than violence and injustice, Pope says
01/01/2016
Mercy is stronger than violence and injustice, Pope says

Mercy is stronger than violence and injustice, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2016 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The miseries of the world are powerless against the mercy of God, whose entrance into history brought about a new era for humanity, Pope Francis said at the opening Mass of the new year.

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