The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees are urging Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 as an “immediate federal remedy” for government “coercion on abortion.”
“Feeling that pain in our community and beyond, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, helpless, anxious, and yet it is precisely in those moments that we know our own weakness that we have the opportunity to make known the love and strength of our God, a God that offered a great a hope to his people at a time when they were hopeless,” Archbishop Hebda said.
As the church in the U.S. has shown an increasing presence of Spanish-speaking Catholics, so will the tens of thousands of young people traveling to 2016 edition of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
Three months after the publication of Pope Francis’ exhortation on marriage and family, bishops and bishops’ conferences around the world are studying practical ways to apply it. Some still disagree on what exactly the pope meant.
Pope Francis has named Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the office that advises the pope on the nomination of bishops around the world.
Bishop Robert W. Muench of Baton Rouge is urging the local community to be “ministers of healing to a hurting world” while protests are taking place about the police shooting of a black man outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge July 5.
The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas against fatal shootings by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier in the week “calls us to a moment of national reflection,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Five Dallas law enforcement officers were assassinated July 7 as at least one sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas as hundreds of demonstrators were winding down a march protesting recent fatal officer-involved shootings in other parts of the country.
Nick Hall hopes to see 1 million Americans of all faiths come together around Jesus on the National Mall in Washington July 16.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda plans to offer a Mass for the preservation of peace and justice 5:15 p.m. July 8 at the the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul following the July 6 shooting death of Philando Castile by a police officer in Falcon Heights.
With no electricity or plumbing, the remote cabin experience forced Jen Messing, now 43, to venture into the wilderness. In the quiet stillness of northern Minnesota, she tuned into the wind blowing through the trees, the waves crashing on the shore, and God’s voice.
“That was my first time remembering what it was like to really pray,” she said.
With five months until it goes into effect, parishes are preparing to implement a new U.S. Department of Labor rule that roughly doubles the salary threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime pay. The Obama administration announced in the middle of May that the threshold for exempt workers would go from earnings of $23,660 annually ($455 weekly) to $47,476 annually ($913 weekly) Dec. 1.