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Catechesis Must Encounter The Disabled With Love, Archbishop Says

The Church must learn “how to encounter disabled people today, how to allow them to have an encounter with Christ in the silence of their own interior and in the signs that indicate his presence in brothers; how to foster their commitment to witness and to be protagonists in the community as...

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Excluding People With Disabilities Makes Church 'incomplete'

A leading expert on faith and disabilities has said that people with disabilities are an essential aspect of the Church's life and mission, and that parishes which exclude them are “incomplete.” “It's important to say from the very beginning that any parish that doesn't have people with...

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US Bishops' Anti-Racism Chairman Announces Committee Membership

In an interview with CNA on Monday, Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, who chairs the US bishops' newly-formed anti-racism committee, revealed the names of the seven other bishops who are committee members. The bishop members of the committee, Murry told CNA Oct. 2, are Cardinal Timothy Dolan of...

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How The US Bishops' Anti-Racism Committee Will Address Social Problems

Racism is not going away. Catholics can’t pretend that it will just disappear, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ new anti-racism committee said on Monday. “The problems of racism are deep and widespread, and will take time to heal,” Bishop George Murry, S.J. of Youngstown, chair of the U.S....

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Here's How The Church In Baltimore Is Taking Concrete Steps To Fight Racism

As racial tensions continue across the United States, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore announced a statewide task force to combat racism and promote unity within local communities. “The dreadful spectacle of violence and racism displayed in Charlottesville by various white supremacist...

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Catholics In Papua New Guinea A Sign Of The Church's Universality

A young Catholic diocese in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea has a vibrant and growing faith, one which the people have embraced as their own, showing the universality of the Church, a local bishop says. “To me it is really beautiful and it really expresses the catholicity of the...

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How Do We Heal Racial Tensions? Start By Admitting Errors, US Bishop Says

To address the longstanding racial divide within the United States – and within the Catholic Church in the country – Catholics should learn more about the history of that divide, and honestly engage with that history, and with others attempting to tackle similar issues themselves. “Don’t...

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Paraguay's Government Rejects Gender Ideology

Paraguay Secretary of Education, Enrique Riera told reporters that the country's constitution recognizes “the traditional family” consisting of “dad, mom, and children,” and stated that the government would remove from schools all material promoting false gender ideology, introduced by the...

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In Talk At Facebook, Bishop Barron Tackles How To Debate Religion

People need to learn how to argue better on the internet, especially about religion, Catholic media personality and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said in remarks at Facebook's headquarters on Monday. “Seek with great patience to understand your opponent’s position,” he advised,...

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In Rare WSJ Op-Ed, Cardinal Sarah Says Fr. Martin's LGBT Outreach Falls Short

Catholic outreach to LGBT individuals must always include the truth about Catholic teaching and chastity, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an article responding to Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. “The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its...

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Hate Speech Is Vocal Pornography, Says Archbishop Gregory

The Archbishop of Atlanta said this week that racism must be solved through encounter, and stressed that ignorance is the fuel to bigotry and hate speech, which he likened to a type of pornography. “Such harsh and insulting language has too often given rise to acts of violence that destroy any...

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The Rise Of The 'alt-Right' – How Should The Church Respond?

People are probably familiar with white supremacist groups like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan – both of which made an appearance at the violent rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia that shocked the nation and the world. But what of the self-described “alt-right” movement, which drew a younger...

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US Bishops Create Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

In the wake of the recent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, the U.S. bishops have announced that they are establishing a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. “Recent events have exposed the extent to which the sin of racism continues to inflict our nation,” said Cardinal Daniel...

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A Brief History Of The Catholic Church's Fight Against Racism

Catholic bishops from around the country recently condemned the white nationalism at rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. But what might be lesser known is that the Church has spoken out against racism through the centuries, and still calls for conversion from it. “If we want a different kind...

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In Wake Of Violence, Archbishop Urges Catholics To Foster Racial Peace

Responding to violence caused by the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Archbishop of Los Angeles said the message in this week's Gospel is one of inclusion, no matter a person's race or nationality. “We heard those beautiful words from the prophet Isaiah in the first...