Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and this year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy.”
Archbishop Bernard Hebda led the people in the ecumenical prayer service on the vigil of the National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for the day of prayer on Friday in response to the violence and racism during the summer.
A U.S. District Court judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a directive by the Obama administration on transgender access to bathrooms in public schools, and the injunction applies nationwide.
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.
Two U.S. church leaders called for a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons, saying they have no place in the hands of civilians.
With a tie vote June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s plan to temporarily protect more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.
The archbishop who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has appointed the chairmen of five USCCB committees to an informal working group on the implementation of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”
The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency in dioceses, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles.
“The Catholic studies program at the University of St. Thomas was the first one. And, they started something big.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan
According to the Department of Agriculture, rural poverty is over two percentage points higher than urban poverty. This poverty is more pervasive and persistent: Of all the counties that experienced deep spells of poverty over a 20-year span, more than 88 percent are rural.